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The House Committee On Labor Is Asking Malacanang Palace To Consider A Proposed Four-Day Work Week

Nothing is final as of now but at least it's on the table for discussion!

The House Committee On Labor has begun talks on two laws that would allow the implementation of a four-day work week to lessen the already burdensome traffic situation in Metro Manila.

According to a report from ABS-CBN, Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte and Baguio Representative Mark Go are suggesting a compressed work week in their House Bill 1670 and 1904, respectively.

Baguio Representative Go said during deliberations held on November 13, “The flexibility in work arrangement could help ease the worsening traffic.”

Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr. suggested that Malacanang should consider the feasibility of implementing a four-day work week during the holiday season. He said, “This could also serve as a trial period to assess if such a scheme can work long-term.”

As reported by Manila Bulletin, Deputy Speaker Villafuerte’s House Bill 670 “seeks to amend Article 83 of Presidential Decree 442 or the Labor Code of the Philippines.” His measure removes the limit on normal work hours to a flexible work duration. Meanwhile, Baguio Representative Go’s House Bill 1904 seeks to increase normal work hours per day under a compressed work week scheme.


House Minority Leader Abante cited as an example Microsoft Japan’s four-day work week which had positive effects as it increased productivity by almost 40 percent. He said, “If it worked there, it could work here. We have an enormous problem and we need to consider drastic measures to address it.”

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