Baguio City District Rep. Mark Go hopes that his proposal for a 4-day work week scheme will pass this 18th Congress.
Go said that the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed a version of the measure during the 17th Congress. However, both Houses cannot agree on the final version of the proposed legislation.
“Hindi kami nagkaroon doon sa final version ng buong Congreso bago natapos ang 17th Congress. Kaya ang ginawa ko, rinefiile ko yung bill na ito ” Go said during DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan.
Under the proposed legislation, employees all over the Philippines will have to work at least 12 hours per day, but will only have at least four work days and three rest days per week.
Go believes that his proposal will reduce traffic congestion in Metro Manila, particularly along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), and will give more time for employees to bond with their families.
“Kung hindi na sila papasok, apat na araw na lang ay maiibsan natin yung traffic. Isa pang napakahalaga, magkaroon work-life-balance kung sinasabi natin. Yung kanilang panahon, imbes na nasa trabaho ay pwede na ito sa kanilang pamilya,” the lawmaker explained.
Go also said that employers will benefit from the proposal since their expenses for water and electricity used by their employees will drop.
Also, based from his previous experience as a human resource director, Go said that reducing the work days of employees per week will improve their performance and output.
The congressman hopes that Sen. Joel Villanueva will re-file a counterpart measure in the Senate.