PCCI says 4-day work week should be 'voluntary'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 18 2014 12:49 PM | Updated as of Feb 18 2014 08:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Any proposal for companies to shorten their work week to four days should be voluntary, not mandatory, according to a Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) official.

In an interview on DZMM, PCCI chairman Sergio Ortiz Luis said companies should be given discretion on whether or not they implement the 4-day work week

The proposal for the private sector to adopt a 4-day work week was revived, as Metro Manila braces for monstrous traffic jams as a result of on-going infrastructure projects.

"Hindi pa naman napag-uusapang pormal kasi di pa namin alam gaano kalaki ang epekto (ng traffic). Dapat siguro kanya-kanyang diskarte yung time... Tingnan muna ang individual companies kung anong oras ang bagay sa kanila. Hindi puedeng i-mandate," he said.

He said companies should choose the work schedule for their employees since they know what schedule works for them.

"Dapat voluntary kasi if i-mandate mo yan eh malaki mawawala sa mga kompanya," the PCCI chairman said.

Companies that do implement a 4-day work week should be supported by the Department of Labor and Employment.

"Dapat suportahan sila ng DOLE. Alangan naman sila ay magbabago ng oras eh tapos magbabayad sila ng overtime," he added.