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‘Four-day work week
will make Pinoys lazier’

BY CARLA GOMEZ

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredro Marañon Jr. yesterday said he disagrees with the move to legislate a four-day work week, saying it will only make Filipinos lazier.

Rep. Winston Castelo (Quezon City, 2nd District) said Monday he is proposing the adoption of a 10-hour four-day work week in both the private and public sectors to save on costs and give workers more time for themselves and their families.

It would cut expenses for both employers and workers amid the global financial crisis, Castelo said.

Marañon, however, said, “We should increase our output, not decrease it.”

“People in other countries are working hard, we Filipinos are hardly working,” he said, stressing the need to put end to the cycle of laziness to move the country forward.

It is good that in the ranking of nations, the Philippines is still, at least, above Bangladesh, among the bottom performers, he said.

Ricky Carandang, head of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office, said the proposal has some benefits but could also cause disruptions in the delivery of services by both the public and private sectors.

“That has been presented by different administrations at different times…. It might have some benefits but it might also tend to disrupt some services,” Carandang said at a news briefing in Malacañang yesterday.

“Our people want to see the services provided to them by the government or by the private sector five times a week,” he added.

“And at this point we’re not seriously considering a four-day work week but if there’s some compelling argument for it, then we will look into it,” Carandang said.*CPG

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