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THE CIVIL Service Commission (CSC) has issued a resolution granting a five-day special emergency leave for government employees directly affected by natural calamities or disasters.
“With the increasing risks brought about by climate change and global warming, the Commission saw it necessary to offer assistance to state workers affected by natural calamities in the form of special leave. We hope that this would give affected employees respite and ample time to recover,” said CSC Chair Francisco T. Duque III.
In CSC Resolution No. 1200289 issued on February 8, state workers in officially-declared calamity areas may avail of the special emergency leave for five straight working days or on staggered basis. Said special leave is separate and will not be deducted from the employee’s leave credits, and may be availed of within 30 days from the first day of calamity declaration by proper government authorities.
A natural calamity or disaster may include “earthquakes, flooding, volcanic eruption and landslide that have profound environmental effect and/or human loss and frequently cause financial loss”.
The leave may be used by employees stranded in affected areas, for urgent repair and clean-up of damaged house, for recovery from disease/illness, or for caring for immediate family members affected by natural calamity.
The CSC policy orders heads of offices to take full responsibility in granting special emergency leave and in verifying the employee’s eligibility to avail of such.