Work schedule of officials and employees in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) will be modified during the observance of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, the local government said Wednesday.
"Through the Memorandum Circular issued by the Office of the Chief Minister on Tuesday, March 21, flexible working hours from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM for the duration of Ramadhan shall be allowed for fasting employees during the period of Ramadhan," a statement from BARMM's information office said.
Ramadan, which starts this year on Thursday, March 23, is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, and reflection, it added.
Muslims during Ramadan abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs from dawn until sunset. It is also a time for self-discipline, spiritual reflection, and acts of charity.
According to BARMM, regular working schedule in the region, which is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will revert after the celebration of Eid'l Fitr.
"Let us deeply dedicate ourselves to purifying our intentions, fostering the highest level of discipline, and emanating generosity and mercy in observance of this significant spiritual journey," BARMM Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim said in the statement.
"It is my fervent hope that as a community, we will collectively grow and prosper as we continue to strive to nourish our faith and translate the true message of this sacrifice into righteousness, peace, and mercy for the vulnerable members of our society." —KBK, GMA Integrated News