Villar opposes four-day workweek proposal in Congress

September 6, 2011 10:01 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 6 -– Senator Manny Villar, whose family owns one of the country’s big real estate companies, is not in favor of the proposed four-day workweek, saying it would hurt the productivity of both the business sector and the government.

”I think it cannot be done. The business sector and government can’t afford to have this kind of system,” Villar said.

Villar said that even if the working hours per day will be increased from eight to 10 hours, the proposal would still have to be studied carefully.

”Let’s see if there are countries that adopted it. If there is country that adopted it, perhaps we have to see if it became successful or if they stopped it,” Villar, chairman of the Senate committee on economic affairs, said.

The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) has already rejected the proposal of Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo, saying it is counter-productive.

The proposal drew mixed reactions with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) saying it is open to a proposed measure compressing the work week to four 10-hour days.

However, DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz clarified that it should be approved by both the employers and employees. (PNA) DCT/RMA/JFM

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