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The labor department has proposed a 4-day workweek in light of the rising prices of commodities and fuel products.
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Undersecretary Benjo Benavidez proposed the implementation of a 4-day workweek to help workers amid high oil prices.
“Mainam na may mga ganitong panukala para na rin matulungan natin iyong mga manggagawa, lalung-lalo na ngayong tumataas po iyong presyo ng gasolina at iba pang commodities,” Benavidez said during the Laging Handa briefing.
Benavidez said that it is not new that countries have encountered financial crises not just in high oil prices but also in other commodities.
“Its implementation in private companies is part of what we call management prerogative while its implementation in the public sector, we defer to the Civil Service Commission (CSC). But in the past, this type of work arrangement has also been implemented in other government offices,” he addded.
Moreover, a CSC commissioner said they already have a memo regarding the proposed workday schedule.
“Matagal na pong suportado ng CSC ang four-day workweek. Sa katunayan, may na-issue po kaming CSC MC (Memorandum Circular) No. 18 Series of 2020 pa po ito (The CSC supports the four-day workweek even before. Actually, we have issued CSC MC No. 18 series of 2020), dated Oct. 15, 2020” CSC Commissioner Aileen Lizada said.
Contributed by Thimy Rose D. Noveno