CSC in a memorandum circular issued Feb. 16, 2012 said that the five-day special emergency leave is granted for affected state employees in areas that have declared a state of calamity due to natural disasters.
“The leave will not be deducted from the employee’s leave credits,” read the circular issued to national government, local government units, government-owned and/or controlled corporations and state colleges and universities.
The leave may be availed of in five straight working days or on a staggered basis, within 30 days from the first day of an official calamity declaration.
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) here passed Resolution No. 152 placing the province under a state of calamity on Feb. 14, eight days after Negros Oriental was jolted by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake.
However, the resolution does not specify a date of effectivity for the calamity declaration.
“In the absence of an effectivity date specified in the resolution, it will take effect upon the approval or signature of the governor,” said Jofralito Lorico, provincial director of Department of Interior and Local Government (DOLG) here, in an interview with Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
A copy of said resolution obtained by PIA showed that Gov. Roel Degamo signed the resolution on Feb. 24, 2012.
Atty. Farah Fortich of the CSC Legal Office in Cebu City also echoed Lorico’s statement, saying that resolutions usually take effect upon the approval of the governor.
CSC’s emergency leave also covers government employees affected by Typhoons Pedring, Quiel, and Sendong and other natural calamities that struck after Typhoon Ondoy.
Affected employees whose leave credits were previously deducted may request for its restoration subject to the approval of their head of office.
Prior to the issuance of Resolution No. 152, Negros Oriental was still under a state of calamity under SP’s Resolution No. 855, which was issued after Typhoon Sendong pummeled the province with heavy rains and flooding on Dec. 17, 2011.
“The said state of calamity was not yet lifted since the province is still in the process of rehabilitation due to the devastation caused by the tropical storm,” the latter resolution said.
Government workers in Negros Oriental were also offered a P20,000 emergency loan by state-run Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) following the deadly earthquake that collapsed houses and infrastructure facilities in the province. (