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Friday, May 19, 2017

House Panel, Approves 4-days Work Week

"Thank God it's Friday." A common phrase we hear from workers, especially when the weekend is approaching. We are excited to get rest on Saturday and Sundays to rejuvenate ourselves for Monday.  But, the five-day workweek may change if the House of Representative will approve the House Bill 5068.  This is after the House Committee on Labor and Employment passed the bill that will allow a four-day workweek by increasing the normal eight-hour workday to a 10 or 12-hour workday.



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"Thank God it's Friday." A common phrase we hear from workers, especially when the weekend is approaching. We are excited to get rest on Saturday and Sundays to rejuvenate ourselves for Monday.

But, the five-day workweek may change if the House of Representative will approve the House Bill 5068.

This is after the House Committee on Labor and Employment passed the bill that will allow a four-day workweek by increasing the normal eight-hour workday to a 10 or 12-hour workday.


According to Baguio Representative Mark Go, the goal of this bill is to lessen the number of days at work.

Go believes that shortening the work week will allow flexibility and productivity for the company as well as provide work-life balance for the employees.



But the bill also adjusted conditions for overtime work, defining it as work beyond eight hours on a normal schedule or 12 hours on a compressed work schedule.

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Under the bill, the four-day workweek is not mandatory. The company may still decide on the work schedules compatible with their business requirements.

"If they decide to go on a four-day workweek, they have to work 12 hours a day. They will only be paid overtime pag mag-exceed ang 48 hours a week," Go said.

Under the Labor Code of the Philippines, employees are required to render a maximum of six days or work or 40 to 48 hours a week.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) expressed support for the proposal.

TUCP said, that once the bill is approved, it will provide work-life balance. Workers and employees can spend more quality time with family necessary to become more productive at work, reduce work-related stress and fatigue, minimize transportation cost, reduce workplace electricity expenses, and help decongest traffic.
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On the other hand, the Federation of Free Workers (FFW) warned that a shorter workweek could affect the health and productivity of workers.

"Working for more than 8 hours, although tolerable for a day or two, would not be good for workers' health in the long run. Working 12 hours a day for 4 straight days a week will take a toll on the body,"

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), there were 8.105 million Filipinos that are overworked in their primary job in 2015.

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