Gabriela Party-list is urging the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to support a measure allowing female workers in manufacturing and services sectors to have sitting breaks.
Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus filed House Bill 1049 which aims to give female workers, especially those standing longer hours, time to rest even for a while.
De Jesus called on Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to support the measure.
“We welcome Labor Secretary Bello’s recent pronouncement that he will push for regular sitting breaks for female workers. We encourage him to support the immediate passage of our HB 1049 or the sitting break bill which we have been pushing for years,” De Jesus said.
Under the bill, female workers are allowed to have at least 20 minutes of paid sitting break for every two-hour interval during work hours for women workers, without prejudice to those who work while sitting.
“Standing continously for long hours has been proven detrimental to a woman’s health. Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development (IOHSAD) in its study found out that standing for long hours showed symptoms of disruption in their regular menstrual cycle, including dysmenorrhea and ammenorrhea,” she said.
The Gabriela lawmaker said that standing for a long period of time is also a major contributor in decreased worker’s performance in the industry.