A Reprieve for Government Employees
All Saints Day Break Philippines
The Office of the President (OP) issued a memorandum circular on Friday, granting government employees the opportunity to observe All Saints’ Day on November 1, 2023, with a unique arrangement.
Work from Home and Asynchronous Classes
Memorandum Circular No. 38, signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, formally announced a work-from-home arrangement for government employees and asynchronous classes for public schools on Tuesday, October 31. This proactive measure enables civil servants to properly commemorate the occasion, facilitating their travel to various regions across the country.
Exception for Essential Services
While the circular extends flexibility to government employees, Executive Secretary Bersamin clarified that agencies responsible for delivering basic and health services, disaster response, and other vital functions must maintain their usual in-person operations to provide necessary services.
Private Sector’s Discretion
Additionally, the memorandum recognizes that private companies and private schools have the discretion in deciding whether to implement a similar arrangement for work and classes.
Philippines Public Servants and the Presidency
Positive Relations in Recent Years
Over the past two years, the relationship between Philippines public servants and the Office of the President has generally been positive. President Marcos Jr. has prioritized building constructive relationships with public servants and has appointed qualified and experienced individuals to key positions within his cabinet.
Concerns Over Transparency and Accountability
However, this positive dynamic has not been without its challenges. Concerns have arisen regarding the Marcos Jr. administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability in its actions and decision-making processes.
Collaboration in Budget Allocation
A crucial area of collaboration between public servants and the Office of the President lies in the allocation of the government’s budget. The Office of the President is responsible for distributing budgetary resources to various government agencies and programs, while public servants play a pivotal role in executing the budget and delivering essential services to the Filipino people.
Policy Development and Implementation
Another significant sphere of cooperation involves the formulation and implementation of government policies. The Office of the President is tasked with creating and shaping policies, while public servants bear the responsibility of putting them into practice and ensuring they benefit the public.
Balancing Positivity and Accountability
In summary, the relationship between Philippines public servants and the Office of the President has shown positive developments in recent years. Yet, despite these positive developments, concerns persist regarding the administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability. This situation underscores the ongoing challenge of balancing positive collaboration with the need for robust oversight.