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Government employees affected by the phreatic eruption of Taal volcano may avail of the special five-day emergency leave.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) reiterated CSC Memorandum Circular Nos. 2 and 16 issued 16 February 2012 and 17 October 2012, respectively, containing guidelines for the grant of the special emergency leave for state employees, which may be applied for five straight working days or on staggered basis and will not be deducted from the employee’s leave credits. Said privilege may be used for any of the following: for urgent repair and clean-up of damaged house, being stranded in affected areas, disease/illness of employees brought by natural calamity/disaster, or caring of immediate family members affected by natural calamity/disaster.

The CSC added that the special emergency leave may be availed of by the affected government employees within thirty (30) days from the first day of calamity declaration by proper government agencies/authorities.

The Commission added that the head of office shall take full responsibility for the grant of special emergency leave and verification of the employee’s eligibility to be granted thereof. Said verification shall include: validation of place of residence based on latest available records of the affected employee; verification that the place of residence is covered in the declaration of calamity area by the proper government agency; and such other proofs as may be necessary.

For the complete text of CSC Memorandum Circular Nos. 2 and 16, s. 2012, please visit the CSC website at