House panel approves bill seeking to cut working hours

Jove Moya

THE House committee on labor and employment approved on Wednesday, March 4, a bill seeking to reduce the standard working hours per week to 35 hours from the current 40 hours in the private sector.

House Bill (HB) 309 is aimed at boosting employee productivity, said author Albay Representative Joey S. Salceda.

“This bill is in line with the policy of the State to promote not only higher levels of productivity but also the welfare of workers,” he said.

“With this bill this representation envisions a more robust economy and happier workers in workplaces,” he said.

Under the bill, the new work schedule must not compromise minimum labor standards set under the law.

The country’s Labor Code stipulates that the normal working hours for employees must not exceed eight hours a day for five days a week, exclusive of time for meals. (SunStar Philippines)