Iloilo City Hall will implement the four-day work week starting next week Monday March 28 to help the employees cope with increasing prices of fuels and conserve energy as cost-saving measures.
This scheme was recommended by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
“We need to adjust because of rising costs of fuel. This will mean savings on electricity and less traffic. As an added value, this will also allow our officials and employees to have quality time with their families for three days – Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” stressed Mayor Jerry Treñas.
City Hall targets to open at 7am-6pm Monday-Thursday to cover the required 40-hour work week.
Treñas said district health centers, personnel of Public Safety and Transportation Management Office and project monitoring of City Engineer’s Office, among other offices providing essential services, will continue with the five-day schedule.
City-owned modern jeepneys and buses will transport employees from district plazas to City Hall and vice versa.
The mayor consulted Resource Employees Association of City Hall, department heads and City Council members and they have no objection. He added this will be cleared with the Civil Service Commission for a go-signal.
Private companies and other government agencies will have to decide on their own whether to adopt the four-day work week or not. (Alexandra Jover/Iloilo City PIO)