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Flexible hours for state workers eyed

Government workers may have to work in flexible hours under a “practical” proposal to help reduce the infamous traffic gridlock in Metro Manila, Malacañang announced yesterday.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said the Palace is just waiting for the recommendation of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on the proposed flexible work schedule for state workers in a bid to get cars off the road.

“Government is looking for practical solutions to ease the traffic situation in Metro Manila. One of the proposals is to have flexible working hours for government officials and employees,” Abella said.

“The Metro Manila Development Authority is studying this flexi-time proposal as a measure and will give its recommendation soon,” he added.

MMDA officer-in-charge Tim Orbos earlier said the President asked him to look into the possible introduction of flexible work arrangement for state workforce as means to ease the traffic problem in the metropolis.

The President’s directive was issued during the Cabinet meeting in Malacañang last Monday night. Duterte reportedly expressed concern over the daily ordeal of workers who commute to work amid heavy traffic.

Orbos said a technical working group will be created to craft the proposed flexible work arrangement for government agencies in Metro Manila. (Genalyn Kabiling)