Revilla asks CSC for ‘new normal’ guidelines for government workers

Published May 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. has urged the Civil Service Commission (CSC) to issue interim guidelines on safety, prevention and control of COVID-19 in government offices and workplaces in areas under community quarantine.

Sen. Bong Revilla Jr. (Senate of the Philippines)
Sen. Bong Revilla Jr.
(Senate of the Philippines)

The chair of the Senate Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation on Monday stressed the need to ensure the continuous delivery of public service without putting at risk the health and safety of government workers.

“Napakalaking hamon po ang kinakaharap ng ating mga kawani ng pamahalaan sa panahong ito. Kahit po apektado tayo ng ECQ o GCQ, hindi puwedeng maputol ang pagseserbisyo natin sa taong bayan. Habang ginagampanan ng mga kawani ng gobyerno ang kanilang tungkulin, kailangan tiyakin din natin ang kaligtasan at kapakanan nila. (Our government employees face a huge challenge in this time of pandemic. Despite the enhanced community quarantine and general community quarantine, service to the public should not be affected. While our public workers are performing their duties, we should also ensure their safety and welfare),” Revilla said in a statement.

He added that the creation of guidelines by the CSC will augment the safety measures being adopted by various local government units in implementing a skeletal workfoce during the quarantine.

He urged the CSC to work with the Senate in crafting the said guidelines for the public sector.

Meanwhile, Revilla commended the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Labor and Employment for coming up with guidelines for businesses and their employees as the government reopened the economy last May 1.

“I encourage the businesses, workers and the private sector to strictly implement and to follow these protocols for everyone’s safety,” Revilla appealed.