Iloilo recently just became one of the most sough after place to reside in the Philippines because of its economical and real estate growth and now they are showing signs of being progressive and ahead of the game in the employment world.
Surely five days in a week is the standard work week but it does not leave for any other activity for an employee. Two days is just too short to do the chores and have a rest or a breather/vacation at the same time.
This implementation of the four-day workweek on Monday, April 4, is a great step by the city and provincial governments of Iloilo indeed as it will also serve as an extra day off for their families.
Though the extra day off isn’t the main reason. The implementation is part of the measures done to cope with the steep increase in fuel prices and save on electricity.
Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas announced the new working schedule on a press conference this week and that this arrangement/measure would be temporary until fuel prices drop.
Operations of the provincial government will remain five days per week but its employees will be rotated or given schedules. This was stated under the executive order issued by Gov. Arthur Defensor.
These provincial employees will devote 10 hours of work per day and spend only four days on their assignments.
New Working hours
- City Hall employees: Monday to Thursday (7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
- Iloilo provincial government employees: 4 days/ week
- Essential Services employees: 5 days/ week (e.g., health district centers and the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office)
This schedule or arrangement though will depend on the tasks and offices that they are responsible or placed in. As there are jobs and tasks that require the five-day work attention.
There may be some employees maintaining a five-day workweek but having one day under a work-from-home arrangement.
Having a four-day workweek will tilt the work-life balance significantly indeed.