Palace thumbs down 4-day work week to ease traffic


Posted at Jul 10 2013 03:23 PM | Updated as of Jul 10 2013 11:23 PM

MANILA - Malacañang is not keen on implementing a four-day work week to ease the traffic as proposed by lawyer Romulo Macalintal, saying it may have negative effects on productivity.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the government is instead addressing problems in traffic by putting up provincial bus terminals to reduce the number of buses plying EDSA and cracking down on colorum buses.

"May effect po kasi 'yan sa employment natin, sa economy natin, if it's going to be a four-day work week. But, nonetheless, we are addressing the traffic situation in Metro Manila," Lacierda said.

Macalintal earlier said the scheme will result in billions of savings, besides the easing of traffic.

“The adoption of this suggestion, coupled with the strict implementation of the number-coding traffic rules, will mean billions of savings a year which, in 2008 was expected by the [Department of Budget and Management] to reach as high as P18 billion a year under the proposed four-day work week,” he said.

He suggested the scheme, which will first be experimented in Metro Manila, will allow a one-day off from work. It shall be made on a staggered system or implemented alternatively in the various areas in Metro Manila.

“For instance, offices in Quezon City and Manila will have no work on Mondays; Pasay City and Caloocan City will have no work on Tuesdays; Mandaluyong City, Muntinglupa City and Las Pinas City on Wednesdays; San Juan City and Makati City on Thursday, and so on and so forth. The combination of the cities or areas in the alternating arrangement of one-day work day off will depend on the number of population or traffic condition therein as may be determined and recommended by the Metro Manila Development Authority,” he said. – with a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News