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72 work-hour schedule starts on June 23

ACTING Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Tuesday said the executive-branch agencies affected by the austerity measures have also been asked to adjust their schedules so that the delivery of critical public services will remain unhampered.

The 72 work-hour schedule for the executive branch is set to begin on June 23.

Palacios said some offices, including law enforcement agencies, have asked to be exempted, but “so far we have not decided yet” on such requests.

The reduction of the executive branch’s work-hours was announced last month because of the shortfall in the government’s revenue collection.

In a separate interview, Northern Islands Mayor Vicente Santos said he has no problem implementing the work-hour cut in his office.

“I understand that the economy’s really bad right now,” he said, adding that it is better to reduce work-hours than to lay off some employees.

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, for his part, said his office will “maximize” the delivery of services from Monday to Thursday.

Although his office will be closed every Friday, he said he will attend all prior appointments and meetings set for Friday.