Celso reiterates flexi-time for Muslim workers in observance of Ramadan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 July 2011 17:09

Mayor Celso Lobregat has instructed all city department heads including the Sangguniang Panlungsod presiding officer and members to allow Muslim employees regardless of status of employment and are fasting during the month of Ramadan, flexi-time citing existing laws and guidelines.

Flexi-time allows government employees to begin at work from 7am but not later than 9am to 3:30pm without lunch break or coffee breaks.
The Ramadan period this year will start on Monday, August 1, 2001.

“All Muslim employees of the City Government whether under permanent, temporary, job order, CELSO status, who are observing fasting during the month of Ramadan may render 8 working hours daily without noon break from 7:30am to 3:30pm”, the mayor said in a circular he issued to all city officials dated July 25.

He reiterated the provisions of Presidential Decree No. 322 dated October 26, 1973, amending Section 3 of Presidential Decree No. 291, and a Memorandum, dated December 5, 1994 of the Office on Muslim Affairs, Region 9 on the subject “CSC Resolution No. 81-1277 dated Nov ember 18, 1981”.

The CSC resolution states that “during the fasting season on the month of Ramadan, Muslim employees in the local and national government shall observe office hours from 7:30am to 3:30pm without lunch break or coffee breaks, and that there shall be no diminution of salary or wages, provided, that the employee who is not fasting is not entitled to this benefit”.

The Wikipedia describes Ramadan as the “ninth month of the Islamic calendar which lasts 29 to 30 days. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating and drinking and is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility and spirituality”. — Sheila Covarrubias