On September 5, Quezon City congressman Winston Castelo proposed a 10-hour, four-day (10/4) work week for public and private sectors so that both workers and companies will spend less, Inquirer.net reports. The 10/4 schedule will also help workers get more personal time for themselves and their families.
Entitled Four-Day Work Week Act of 2011, Rep. Castelo says the bill will not change the number of working hours required in a week; instead, the schedule will just be rearranged. “There won’t be any reduction in the required 40 hours of work every week or any cutback in services or productivity,” he is quoted as saying.
This will save the government and private sectors at least P20 billion a week, he adds, with both workers and companies reaping financial benefits. For example, he says, a Metro Manila employee who spends P200 a day for expenses like transport and food can save P200 a week. Meanwhile, employers’ maintenance and production costs will also decrease.
Rep. Castelo is set to file the bill within the week. He mentions how the House of Representatives already adopts this sort of schedule with considerable savings for the government.
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UPDATE: Malacañang has expressed that this proposal is not being considered at this time. Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office head Ramon "Ricky" Carandang has said that "if there is some new compelling argument for it, then we will certainly look into it. But right now, we are not really looking into it." More on Spot.PH.
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