Bello wants 'sitting breaks' for female employees in heels

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 10 2017 03:38 PM | Updated as of Aug 10 2017 05:17 PM

Silvestre Bello III with Members of the House of Representatives gather as they attend the State of the Nation address by President Duterte, July 24, 2017.File Photo/Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III wants regular "sitting breaks" for female employees whose work requires standing for hours in high heels.

Bello said prolonged standing while wearing high heels is "almost inhumane," and mulled on the possibility of short breaks for employees who endure long hours of standing in heels.

"Ang hirap kaya nakatindig ka ng 4 hours. Sana may side man lang ang salesgirls, like upuan, where they can take a rest. For every one hour e paupuin sila ng 10 minutes," he said Thursday.

"Kawawa ang mga babae, ang babata pa naman may varicose na," he added.

The labor chief said a technical working group is already preparing an order against the mandatory wearing of high-heels and prolonged standing at work. 

Bello said the technical working group has informed him that wearing high heels may only be an option to employees.

Concerns on prolonged wearing of high heels were raised after the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) proposed a ban on the mandatory wearing of high heels, saying they have received several complaints from female employees such as salesladies.