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Roque favors 4-day workweek

UniTeam senatorial candidate Harry Roque fully supports the implementation of a four-day workweek amid high fuel prices.

Roque said it is fair for employees to work four days to reduce their transport expenses while employers get five days’ worth of work.

“Sang-ayon po ako diyan. Mababawasan ang pamasahe ng mga manggagawa pero at the same time para sa mag employers naman, they will still get five days worth of work. Tingin ko patas po ‘yan,” he said.

Earlier, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) proposed reducing the number of workdays to limit worker mobility and mitigate the economic impact of soaring fuel prices.

As an alternative to raising the minimum wage, NEDA recommended a 10-hour, four-day workweek.

On Tuesday, some fuel companies reduced gasoline prices by P5.45 per liter, diesel by P11.45, and kerosene by P8.55. However, the price reduction is insufficient to compensate for the preceding 11 price increases.

Data from the Department of Energy (DOE) showed net hikes of P20.35 per liter for gasoline, P30.65 for diesel, and P24.90 for kerosene in 2022.

Roque stressed that the four-day workweek would also promote energy conservation.

“Mapapatay natin ang mga kuryente sa mga opisina. Ang solusyon talaga kapag sumipa ang presyo ng gasolina, energy conservation,” he said.


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