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Mayor Dalipe releases rules for Zamboanga City class suspension, flexible work schedule amid extreme heat

Zamboanga City Mayor John Dalipe has issued an executive order providing the implementing rules and regulations for the suspension of classes in all levels, both in public and private schools amid the extreme heat being experienced in some parts of the country.

The EO, which was signed Thursday, April 4, also covers the flexible work schedule in all government offices and agencies.

The guidelines to be implemented include the following:

Suspension of onsite classes for public and private schools in all levels and to implement blended or hybrid learning, subject to the full discretion of school heads or administrators within their area of responsibility (AOR);

During onsite classes, the school heads or school administrators shall ensure a sufficient potable and domestic water supply in their AOR;

Local and national government offices to implement flexible work schedule that enable employees to work from home, specifically for vulnerable groups such as pregnant, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and those with comorbidity;

To allow employees to wear comfortable clothing aside from their regular uniforms amid extreme heat; provided that employees will follow appropriate clothing in the workplace; and

For field workers, such as traffic enforcers, to implement three hours by shift and for, like streetsweepers, to implement a night shift schedule. The EO said this is to avoid extreme heat exposure resulting to heat cramps and heat stroke, but subject to the discretion of the department heads concerned.

The EO shall take effect immediately.

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