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September 07, 2011

QC congressman proposes a 4-day work week + Would you adopt this schedule?

This congressman suggests using a 10-hour four-day work week to cut down on workers' expenses. What do you think? Take our poll!
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4_day_work_week.jpgOn 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.

Female Network wants to know what you think. If the government approves a four-day work week, would you want to follow it or stick to the regular five-day work week? Take our poll!

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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Poll Question:
QC congressman proposes a 4-day work week + Would you adopt this schedule?
  1. Yes, of course! It's the same number of hours, after all. Not only will this boost workers’ morale, but it'll help me save money too.
  2. Yes. It would be great to have more time to spend with loved ones, which three-day weekends would provide. Employees have lives outside of work too.
  3. No way! Other countries will just think we're lazy. It also decreases the chances of being able to contact international business partners who adopt the normal work week.
  4. No. I don’t see how making people come in for less days helps decrease expenses. For example, workers might need additional money for dinner every day.
  5. I don’t know. I see some merits in this proposal, but I want to know what other legislators think before I make my decision.
  6. I think this is a moot question. This proposal will never be passed. Multinational companies and companies with international clients would never allow it.
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  • jp_jameop Sep 07 2011 @ 09:08am Report Abuse
    i like! :)
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  • teresa Sep 07 2011 @ 10:09am Report Abuse
    Masyadong matagal ang 10 hours. Nakakapagod even if it's just a desk job. Pagod = less productive. Kaya siguro walang nagagawa ang Kongreso, 4 days lang kasi nagtatrabaho, 10 hours pa so pagod at malamang sabaw na pagkalampas ng 8 hours.
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  • nicho Sep 07 2011 @ 10:54am Report Abuse
    This might work on some business sectors, however on a multi-national firms, specifically bpo which are engaging with foreign customers this is ineffective
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  • crazy_pinoy Sep 07 2011 @ 12:05pm Report Abuse
    kalokohan! di na nga maayos ang serbisyo ng gobyerno magbabawas pa ng araw. Paano ka makakatipid sa 10 oras, eh di gutom ang inabot mo. Quality time sa pamilya? mas mapapagastos ka pa! Hindi lang 10 hrs ang itatagal mo sa trabaho, 11.5 hrs, kasama ang lunch at 30 mins break, tapos biyahe ka pa sa trapik additional 1-2 hrs ngek! ex. pasok ka ng 8AM labas ng 7PM dating ka sa bahay ng 9PM tapos siyempre konting quality time sa asawa, tulog ka ng 10:30 tapos gising ka naman 4:30 or 5AM kasi baka ma late ka sa work. Wow! para ka ng robot nun! don't worry may 3 days naman na pahinga eh... di ba? kalokohan!
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  • airish_2 Sep 07 2011 @ 03:27pm Report Abuse
    i think maapply sya sa ibang business basta wag sa government, sobrang bagal nila magprocess kahit saan agency so kung 4 days na lang sila grabe i can't imagine :/
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  • @crazy_pinoy Sep 07 2011 @ 03:46pm Report Abuse
    @crazy_pinoy Yung 10 hours may lunch at merienda na ring kasama yon. Tingnan mo sa Inquirer.

    "Working hours would be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., including breaks, Monday to Thursday."
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  • Primer Pagunuran Sep 08 2011 @ 05:20am Report Abuse
    First, were a 40-hour work time may be spread in either a 5-day frame or a 4-day frame, I will not hesitate to choose the latter simply because it will give me a one day off from the usual scheme of things. Thursday, every week of my new life, will then become the new Friday.

    Second, this all boils down to the Marshmallow Test applied to different individuals or classes of individuals. Certainly, those who prefer the 10/4 as it is commonly known, have become smarter than others. And by smart, I mean more productive, more motivated, and more profitably involved in any other line of work (those who still wish to fill in their Fridays for more).
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  • che@bureche Sep 13 2011 @ 12:00pm Report Abuse
    the company im in right nw is already practicing a COMPRESSED WORK WEEK.. coz before we have a sat work and now, instead of 8hr/6days it became 9.5hrs/5days! perhaps it'll more favorable to us if this 10hrs will be implemented... more time to rest and quality time fr love ones :) tutal most of us stay long hours and go beyond 9.5 hrs fr work! HOWRAYYT.
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  • sundaesoda Sep 18 2011 @ 01:26pm Report Abuse
    i dont like it, its too tiring especially for those who work far from home.

    most employees are also not productive beyond 8 hours of work
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