DOLE to impose four-day work week starting March 16

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced on Wednesday (March 11) a four-day work week in all its offices starting Monday (March 16).

Based on DOLE Administration Order No. 99, the four-day work week will be implemented from DOLE’s Central Office in Intramuros, Manila to its Regional Offices, Bureaus and Field Offices.

Likewise, all of DOLE’s attached agencies including the Employees Compensation Commission, Institute for Labor Studies, Occupational Safety and Health Center, National Conciliation and Mediation Board, National Labor Relations Commission, National Maritime Polytechnic, National Wages and Productivity Commission, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Professional Regulation Commission, and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration are also covered by the order.

Under the new policy, DOLE offices will be operating from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, from Monday to Thursday only.

“This is a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 922,” the DOLE said in its advisory.

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