Malacañang suspends work in gov’t offices, SUCs on Dec. 26, 2017 and Jan. 02, 2018

UNTV News   •   December 15, 2017   •   15353

 

Malacañang suspends work in government offices, Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations, government financial institutions and state universities and colleges or SUCs on December 26, 2017 (Tuesday) and January 2, 2018 (Tuesday).

This is for government employees to spend more time with their families and loved ones this holiday season.

Malacañang announced the suspension through memorandum circular number 37.

Meanwhile, government agencies involving delivery of basic and necessary services such as health services, disaster preparedness and response shall continue with their operations. — UNTV News

DOLE suspends work in head office, NCR on January 14 & 17

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2022

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced that work in its main office in Intramuros, Manila, and its regional office in the National Capital Region (NCR) have been suspended on January 14 (Friday) and January 17 (Monday).

In a statement, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the work suspension order was due to the surge of COVID-19 cases, particularly in NCR, and “the increasing number of cases in the department.”

Bello said that 128 DOLE officials and staff have been infected as of January 13. This accounts for about 21 percent of DOLE’s central office personnel of around 600.

“Services of the Department of Labor and Employment in the central office in Intramuros and its regional office in the National Capital Region will not be available to the public on Friday, January 14, and Monday, January 17,” the department said in an advisory.

In a memorandum issued on Thursday, January 13, Bello directed all heads of offices, services, and bureaus, including the NCR regional office to resume work on January 18.

Earlier in the week, Bello directed all DOLE offices and attached agencies in areas with a surging number of COVID cases to implement alternative work arrangements, including work from home, for their personnel.

“Skeletal [sic] workforce shall be limited to those performing or providing essential services,” Bello said in an administrative order issued on Tuesday.

The work arrangements took effect on Wednesday and will last until January 30, he added.

The flexible work arrangements, however, do not cover personnel in the offices of the Secretary, undersecretaries and assistant secretaries, and the office of the directors.

Bello urged all DOLE personnel to continue observing public health standards and other safety protocols in the workplace to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

DepEd says class suspensions due to COVID-19 surge up to regionals, school divisions

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday said it is allowing its regional and school division offices to suspend classes and other teaching-related activities amid the steep increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.

In a memorandum, the DepEd said its regional offices (RO) and school division offices (SDO) may exercise discretion in suspending classes and other activities based on their assessment of the health status of teachers and learners, and the IATF risk classification.

“Given the varying health situations in different areas, the ROs/SDOs are given the option, based on their reliable assessment of the health status of their teachers and learners and the IATF risk classification, to declare the suspension of classes within the month of January 2022,” the agency said.

“The ROs/SDOs shall decide on the specific dates and number of days for the suspension of classes as long as the period of class suspension does not exceed 2 weeks in order to avoid a prolonged disruption in the current school calendar,” it added.

The DepEd said that during the suspension of classes, “all synchronous and asynchronous classes will be put on hold while submission of academic requirements and conduct of other teaching-related activities must be moved to a later date.”

“For late submission of requirements, accommodations must be afforded for those with valid reasons,” it added.

Regional offices and school division offices should also make necessary adjustments in the school calendar to ensure that the number of schools days in the current school year remains in accordance with Republic Act (RA) 11480, which amends Section 3 of RA 7797 or An Act to lengthen the school calendar from 200 days to not more than 220 class days.

Furthermore, the department reminded schools to adhere to its policy on academic ease “to ensure flexibility in the teaching-learning process amid the pandemic by recalibrating the strategy of assigning teaching responsibilities and learning activities in order to safeguard the well-being of both teachers and learners.”

Meanwhile, private schools, in consultation with their respective parents’ associations, may exercise their own discretion relative to the suspension of classes and K to 12 learning activities when COVID-19 risks in their respective areas are high, the DepEd said.

Work suspension in Supreme Court offices extended until January 8

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) has announced that work in its offices will remain suspended until January 8, amid rising cases of COVID-9 among its personnel.

In Memorandum Order 3-2022 released on Wednesday, the SC said this is to pave the way for massive antigen testing of its personnel and allow further contact tracing on other employees who had close contacts with those infected with COVID-19.

Citing the report from the Medical and Dental Services, the SC said that the administration of antigen testing on all court personnel, as well as employees of service providers, has not yet been completed and that there is a high positivity rate among those already tested.

Personnel of the Office of the Bar Chair and Office of the Bar Confidant who are involved in the 2020/2021 bar examinations, Office of the Administrative Services-SC, MDS, and Receiving Section of the Judicial Records Office who are involved in e-filing, are still required to report on-site, the court said.

The court said it will deploy buses to ferry said personnel.

In a separate memorandum, the SC Office of the Court Administrator also announced a two-day work suspension from January 6 to January 7 in all the first and second level courts in the National Capital Region due to the increasing number of judges and court personnel contracting the virus.

The work suspension will allow the further disinfection of court premises and conduct of contact tracing and testing among the court personnel.

Due to the work suspension, the period of filing of all pleadings and other court submissions that would fall on the said days will also be extended.

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