SAN FERNANDO CITY, Apr 1 (PIA) – Beginning today, employees of the San Fernando city government will enjoy long weekends after officials revived the four-day work week scheme for the months of April and May.
City Mayor Pablo Ortega said the shorter work scheme will allow employees to spend more time with their families and save operational costs for government.
To cover the additional day off on Fridays, employees will render service from 7am to 5pm from Monday to Thursday.
The adjusted workweek, which will last until May 31, was first implemented through Administrative Order 117 by then President Macapagal-Arroyo in 2005 when the world’s crude oil prices were at their record high during that period.
It was a form of energy conservation without jeopardizing public service delivery.
Ortega said frontline employees such as the city health office, which renders works 24 hours, are not covered by the scheme.
He said the work scheme will mitigate the adverse effects of El Niño and lead to government savings from power use and other operating and maintenance costs for the city government. (MCA/MHH-PIA1, La Union with reports from San Fernando City Media Bureau)