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PCG back to shortened work hours amid spike in coronavirus cases

01 December 2020

By The SUN 

The Consulate will be open for 5 hours on weekdays and 6 on Sundays

The Philippine Consulate General has announced that it will go back to shortened work hours starting this Thursday, Dec. 3, in compliance with the Hong Kong government’s latest guidelines on social distancing.

Work hours on Sunday will be from 9am to 3pm, while on Monday to Thursday, the service hours will be cut down by an hour, or from 10am to 3pm. The Consulate used to open at 8am on Sundays and 9am Monday to Thursday,  and close at 4pm on these days.

The advisory said that those who have prior appointments on a time slot not covered by the new service hours may come at any time on the day of their appointment.

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According to Consul General Raly Tejada, Consulate staff will be on full force despite the shortened service hours.

During the third wave of infections in early July to August, the PCG also shortened its service hours, and allowed its staff to work from home on alternate days to lessen the number of people in its offices.

ConGen Tejada said the shorter operation hours are also meant to help Filipinos seeking their services to avoid rush-hour crowds in going to and from the Consulate.

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Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced yesterday, Nov 30, that all civil servants, except those who provide essential services, will go back to working from home from tomorrow, Wednesday.

The number of people allowed to gather in pubic has been reduced to two, from the current four. Restaurants and other venues that provide dine-in services will also be restricted to sitting two customers to a table, and cease operations at 10pm, from the current 12 midnight.

The drastic measures are being taken amid a continuing surge in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the city, most of them locally acquired. A total number of 82 cases were reported today, up slightly from the 76 recorded yesterday.

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But Sunday’s record tally of 115 cases for the current wave of infections was what prompted government officials to clamp down anew on social gatherings, jack up penalties on violators, and impose more severe restrictions.

CG Tejada says the Consulate is allowed to close on 20 public holidays, either in the Phl or HK


Also today, the PCG also released an advisory today showing the four days this month when it will be closed in observance of public holidays in the Philippines. These include Dec 8 for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception; Dec 24, Christmas Eve; Dec 30, Rizal Day; and Dec 31, New Year’s Eve.

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Contrary to widespread belief that the Consulate shuts down for all Philippine and Hong Kong holidays, ConGen Tejada said they are allowed to only choose 20 public holidays to close down during the year, apart from their regular two days off a week.

“Our public holidays are capped at 20 days each year. We allowed to choose legitimate holidays, basta hindi lalampas sa 20,” he said.

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