The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in partnership with SM Malls conduct nationwide jobs fair in celebration of Labor Day (May 1). Over 310,000 jobs are offered to qualified applicants. Photo shows applicants line up at Mall Event Center of SM Manila. (MNS photo)

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in partnership with SM Malls conduct nationwide jobs fair in celebration of Labor Day (May 1). Over 310,000 jobs are offered to qualified applicants. Photo shows applicants line up at Mall Event Center of SM Manila. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – All government offices in Metro Manila under the Executive Department will not be allowed to avail of the four-day work week scheme, according to a memorandum issued by the Office of the President.

The memorandum addressed to all Cabinet secretaries, signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, dated October 23, directs all cabinet members to maintain the five-day work week scheme.

“In connection with [Civil Service Commission] Memorandum Circular No. 22., Series of 2014, allowing government agencies in Metro Manila to adopt, subject to conditions, a four-day work week, please be advised that as a matter of policy, the government offices in Metro Manila under your (cabinet secretaries) respective Departments or Offices shall continue to observe the required minimum five-day work week,” the memorandum read.

In light with this, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima issued a memorandum to all Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretaries, Assistant Secretaries, Office of the Prosecutor General, Office of the Chief State Counsel, and heads of all bureaus, commissions, and offices attached to the DOJ, to maintain the five-day work week.

“Please take note that… the government agencies and offices in Metro Manila under the [DOJ] shall continue to observe the required minimum five-day work week,” De Lima said.

Under CSC Memorandum Circular No. 22, government agencies, upon application with the commission, may conduct their offices and operations from Tuesday to Friday, or from Monday to Thursday, to help ease traffic in the metro.

The shifts, based on the memorandum, must be scheduled in 10-hour shifts from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. to maintain the mandated 40-hour work week. (MNS)