File photo courtesy of Puerto Princesa Water District Facebook page.

A four-day workweek will be implemented by the Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD) starting March 16, in connection with the national government’s precautionary measure against the increase of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

The PPCWD management, in an advisory issued Saturday, said that the office transactions such as receiving and releasing of communication letters and other administrative matters will be accommodated from Monday to Thursday, starting from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm at the PPCWD Main Office in barangay Sta. Monica.

“Rest assured that all contingency measures and activities will not be hampered by the implementation of this 4-day work week period,” according to the statement.

The collection and billing transactions in the main office and PPCWD Lacao Bayad Center will be from Monday to Thursday and Saturday from 7:00 am to 6:30 pm. While in PPCWD NCCC Bayad Center, transactions will be from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

All front line services such as water inject, delivery, quick response team in the main office will be available 24 hours whole week.

Jenn Rausa, information officer of PPCWD, said Saturday that they will also temporarily suspend the disconnection of service lines of consumers.

“Sa next week due date, hindi muna kami magdi-disconnect para hindi sila magmadali na magbayad kasi kapag ganon, dadami na naman ang tao dyan sa Bayad Centers namin, precautionary din sa COVID,” she said.

Rausa said that every third to the fourth week is the schedule for the due date of bill payments; while the last week is intended for disconnections.

She said that there is huge traffic of consumers at Bayad Centers during due date, based on historical observation.

“Habang may threat pa rin ng COVID, di muna kami magmamadali nyan kasi syempre gusto rin natin na may magamit na tubig yong consumers natin. Yong crowd ng tao sa bayad centers, yon kasi ang pinakainiiwasan natin ngayon,” she said.

PPCWD said that the four-day workweek is in compliance to the Civil Service Commission issued Memorandum Circular No. 07 series of 2020 or Interim Guidelines for Alternative Work Arrangements and Support Mechanisms for Workers in the Government for the Duration of the State of Public Health Emergency Pursuant to Proclamation No. 922 on March 11.

This was after the declaration of State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines on March 8 by the Office of the President through Proclamation No. 922.


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