4-day workweek to benefit employers and employees, says solon

Trishia Billones,ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 18 2017 06:48 PM

MANILA - A bill seeking to allow companies to impose a 4-day workweek will benefit both the employer and its employees, the bill's author said Thursday.

"The basic concept and the basic framework and at the same time the objective of this is really to harmonize and make the company more productive and at the same time the employees can enjoy working and having a work-life balance," Baguio Representative Mark Go said in an interview with ANC's Headstart.

Go's bill, which seeks to amend some provisions in the Labor Code of the Philippines, was approved by the labor and employment committee of the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Under the current law, employees' normal hours of work is limited to 8 hours a day. In Go's proposal, employees may work 4 days a week, but 12 hours per day.

Though welcomed by employees as this would provide them an extra rest day and cut their transportation expenses, a group of employers is wary about the bill as it could negatively affect their operations.

Go explained, once the law is passed, employers will decide whether they want to go on a 5-day or a 4-day workweek "based on the business requirements and participation of the employees."

The bill may later include provisions on the employees' voting option on their preferred scheme, he said.

As Go's bill moves to the plenary, the Senate is also working on its own version.