NCR gov't offices to have 20% on-site workers during ECQ

Published August 4, 2021, 8:56 AM

by Argyll Cyrus Geducos

Malacañang has ordered government offices in the National Capital Region (NCR) to have at least 20 percent of their workers on-site during the two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period in the region.

President Rodrigo Duterte presides over a meeting with the pandemic task force members at the Malacañang Golf Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on July 24, 2021. (Malacañang)

Memorandum Circular No. 87, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on August 3, came days before Metro Manila’s scheduled shift to ECQ from August 6 to 20, 2021.

Based on the circular, all government agencies and instrumentalities of the Executive Branch in the NCR shall have no less than 20 percent on-site capacity at any given time to ensure the continuity of government service.

The remaining workers of agencies concerned shall be under work-from-home arrangements.

The size of the skeleton workforce on-site shall be determined by the head of the agency. They are required to submit the specific percentage of the agency’s skeleton workforce to their head department before August 6, 2021.

However, agencies providing health and emergency frontline services, laboratory and testing services, border control, and other critical services shall be allowed to operate at full on-site capacity.

Meanwhile, offices under the Legislative and Judicial branches of government, independent constitutional bodies, and local government units were urged to adopt provisions of the recently issued memorandum circular.

Metro Manila was placed under a two-week ECQ following the surge in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and the alarming increase of individuals affected by the more contagious Delta variant.

As of August 3, the Philippines has reported 1,612,541 COVID-19 cases with 28,141 deaths and 1,521,263 recoveries.

Meanwhile, as of July 28, the country has detected a total of 216 Delta variant cases, 47 of which came from the NCR.