Chua: Gov’t offices can already shift to four-day workweek

Gov’t offices can already shift to four-day workweek

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua (L) and President Rodrigo Duterte (R)

MANILA, Philippines—To avoid wasting on fuel, the nation’s chief economist has urged a shorter workweek, probably beginning with authorities staff.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua advised President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday (March 15) that amid skyrocketing international oil costs wrought by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a technique to preserve power was by shifting to a four-day workweek.

“Every Filipino will still work 40 hours per day. But instead of five days, it will be four. Instead of eight hours per day, it will be 10 hours per day,” Chua, who heads the state planning company Nationwide Financial and Improvement Authority (Neda), advised Duterte.

He stated the scheme was applied in 1990 in the course of the Gulf Struggle and 2008 throughout a world surge in oil costs.

“And the effect of this is savings. Instead of daily commute this will be just four days,” Chua stated. “And this will help in managing the economy,” he stated.

Chua later advised the Inquirer that he had been pushing for a four-day workweek even earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic. Underneath the bottom Alert Stage 1 restrictions at the moment masking Metro Manila and plenty of different areas, authorities offices have already returned to 100-percent or full capability.

“I also recommend the private sector to do so,” Chua stated. He repeated this attraction to members of the Joint International Chambers of the Philippines (JFC) throughout a gathering on Wednesday (March 16).

The Neda chief stated current guidelines of the Civil Service Fee (CSC) already allowed various work preparations. The truth is, some authorities businesses, such because the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), a couple of years again tried out a four-day workweek.

“Four-day work must be staggered so the office is never closed” in the course of the week, Chua stated.

After Chua pitched a shorter workweek to the President, the CSC once more began wanting into implementing it on a much bigger scale, he stated.

Chua stated particular person businesses can already implement four-day workweeks, however implementing it across-the-board in all authorities businesses might entail a presidential order or memorandum.

For his half, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III stated “working 10 hours a day for four days a week is a good idea.”


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