Quezon City congressman Winston Castelo has proposed to change the current number of work days in the country from 5 days per week to 4 days a week with a minimum of 10 hours work per day.
The proposal of Castelo said that employees will still render 40 hours of work per week with the addition of 2 hours in the current work hours of 8.
The proposal cites some reasons why the working schedule in the Philippines should be change. One is to help the laborers cope with the increase of transportation fares. Second is the rise in the number of "virtual offices" or remote work environment because of the Internet. Third is to give the laborers more time to maximize his/her free three days by either taking another sideline or spend more time with his family.
Moreover, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Badoz, the agency is open to proposals and is okay with this proposal as the country has already experienced this from the past and the situation now calls for it.
"Meron tayong pagkilala iba ang sitwasyon ng world of work ngayon at pwede tayo magtrabaho di kailangan physically sa opisina,” Baldoz said during an interview via dwiZ. She added "Kung yan gagawing compulsory sa pamamagitan ng batas, meron na tayong experience diyan. Ang dahilan nakakatipid sa pamasahe tapos sa kuryente sa pagawaan at may flexibility sa pagpili ng araw.”
Baldoz said that the proposal must be approved first by both employers and employees to be implemented.
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