Four-Day Work Week Scheme Guidelines

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has released the guidelines regarding the four-day work week scheme for government offices in Metro Manila.

Four-Day Work Week


Among the objectives of the scheme is to help resolve traffic woes in the National Capital Region during the implementation of the Metro Manila Skyway 3 project.

It is also seen to increase employee efficiency and organizational performance, promote work-life balance among employees, and enhance employee engagement, morale and productivity.

Salient points

With the 4-day workweek, the number of working days is reduced from 5 to 4 but the work hours will increase from 8 to 10, so the total number of work hours per week is still 40 hours.

Government agencies have the option to implement the scheme from Monday to Thursday or Tuesday to Friday. It will run for one year from the date of implementation which is on a voluntary basis.

An agency needs to apply at the CSC and meet the requirements as follows:
  • Website
  • One-stop shop
  • Call center or PABX telephone system that can be diverted to an assigned officer or voice prompt that notifies clients when the office is closed
  • Database of the agency's overall performance; employee absenteeism, tardiness and turnover rates; state of employees health and wellness; employees satisfaction level; electrical consumption; and client satisfaction level/rating.
Everything you need to know about the four-day workweek scheme can be found in CSC Memorandum Circular No. 22, series of 2014.

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