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QC lawmaker pushes for 4-day work week

Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo

Due to two simultaneous road projects that will cause heavy traffic, a Quezon City lawmaker is pushing for a four-day work week for government employees to lessen the traffic congestion and commuters in Metro Manila.

House committee on Metro Manila development chair Winston Castelo said his proposal would reduce commuting time of government employees and provide them extra comfort as their work would only be four days.

However, the hours of work for the employees would be extended to 10 hours so a four-day work week would pass.

This is to complement the four-day school week proposed by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Department of Education (DepEd) expressed support to the proposal.

“Our workers serve as our economic backbone. We should not close our eyes to their difficulties, especially now that major infrastructure projects are on their way for their construction,” Castelo said.

He said once approved, an employee would save at least 20-percent from fare while employers would also save power and maintenance cost as well as from overtime pay.

With the construction of the Skyway project to connect South Luzon Expressway on Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati City to the North Luzon Expressway in Balintawak, Quezon City, and Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway Phase 2 to the Entertainment City gambling hub, traffic is expected to worsen before its completion in the next two to three years.

He said the House of Representatives has been observing a four-day work week, which results to government savings, among other things.

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