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House panel approves bill on voluntary ‘compressed’ 4-day work week

A bill seeking to “compress” the required work hours into a four-day work week has passed the committee level at the House of Representatives.

House Bill 5068 got the unanimous approval of the House labor panel earlier this week.

Under the said measure, laborers may only have to work for four or five days a week, instead of the current maximum of six days a week under Presidential Decree 442, or the Labor Code.

The number of normal work hours shall remain at 48 hours, or eight hours a day, which will be “compressed” in these days.

The bill’s author, Baguio Rep. Mark Go, said such arrangements “give employers and employees flexibility in fixing hours of work compatible with business requirements and the employees’ need for balanced work-life.”

“This proposed measure seeks to institutionalize the compressed work week scheme as it proves to promote competitiveness, efficiency and productivity in business and industries,” he added.

Go, however, clarified that adopting the scheme will only be on voluntary basis if the measure is passed into law. — MDM, GMA News