By Yas D. Ocampo
DAVAO CITY — The local government here has adjusted its working hours for the number of Muslim employees working for city hall’s departments, respecting their religion’s celebration of the holy month of Ramadan.
Acting city administrator Atty. Lawrence Bantiding signed a memorandum order stating that Muslim employees will start their office work at 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Under the memorandum, Muslim employees would still be able to fulfill the government’s mandatory eight-hour work because they would be working even during noon breaks.
Muslims skip any food and fluids from dawn until night fall during Ramadan.
During Fridays, the Muslim Prayer Day, Muslims are also excused from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The difference of two hours will not be counted as under time, Bantiding said in his memo.
Aside from these adjustments, Muslims are also free from work during the Eid- ul -Fitr or Hariraya Puasa, Eid- ul -Adha or Hariraya Hadji, Maulidin Nabi, Lailatul Isra Wai Miraj, Muharram and Amon Jaded.
This order has been the sustained and lasting commitment of the city government to allow Muslims to exercise their religious obligations and as a matter of policy, observed for equity and balance, the city information office said.
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