Five-day emergency leave available to gov’t workers

January 14, 2020

THE Civil Service Commission (CSC) yesterday reminded government workers affected by the phreatic eruption of Taal volcano that they are entitled to a five-day special emergency leave.

According to the CSC, Memorandum Circular Nos. 2 and 16 issued on February 16, 2012 and October 17, 2012, respectively, contain guidelines for the grant of the special emergency leave for state employees, which may be applied for five straight working days or on staggered basis.

The leave will not be deducted from the employee’s leave credits.

The privilege may be used for urgent repair and clean-up of damaged house, or if they are stranded in calamity areas.

It also covers state workers who suffer any disease or illness as a result of the disaster and or caring of immediate family members affected by the calamity.

CSC said that the special emergency leave may be availed of by the affected government employees within 30 days from the first day of calamity declaration by proper government agencies or authorities.

The Commission added that the head of office shall take full responsibility for the grant of special emergency leave and verification of the employee’s eligibility to be granted thereof.

The verification shall include: validation of place of residence based on latest available records of the affected employee.