Palace to consider proposed 4-day workweek

MALACAÑANG on Thursday, November 14, said it would consider the proposal to implement a four-day workweek during the holiday season.

In a press conference, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the executive would rely on the recommendations of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

“Siguro, pag-aaralan ‘yun ng MMDA. MMDA nag-aaral noon. Kung ano ang rekomendasyon nila, wala pa (Perhaps, the MMDA will conduct a study. They will study it. They have yet to make a recommendation)," he said.

"We will wait for their recommendation," the Palace official added.

House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante Jr. urged private firms and non-frontline government agencies to implement a four-day work week during the holiday season in an effort to minimize traffic congestion along Edsa.

Abante noted that the proposed four-day work week scheme, implemented by Microsoft in Japan, led to 40-percent boost in productivity.

Earlier, the MMDA's proposed ban on driver-only vehicles and provincial buses was opposed by the public and some lawmakers. (NASE/SunStar Philippines)