Four-day work week proposed to ease traffic problem

This isn't the first time it's been brought up.


( The heavy congestion around Metro Manila has led to the re-emergence of a proposal to implement a four-day work week for employees.


In 2013, election lawyer Atty. Romulo Macalintal told GMA News that the four-day work week will alternate work schedules among cities in the metro depending on the traffic. It will also ease the congestion in Metro Manila considering the amount of private vehicles that will be off the roads. But the idea was quickly turned down by Malacanang, saying that it would have negative effects on productivity, adding that colorum buses are at the root of the traffic problem.


A year later in 2014, the Civil Sevice Commission (CSC) laid down the guidelines for government agencies before they could implement the four-day work week scheme. Among the requirements were that the requesting agency should have a "functional call center" before they could qualify for the CSC's approval.


Today, the MMDA says that aside from the fact that EDSA accommodates more vehicles than it can, the various road repairs, lack of discipline among motorists, as well as the lack of traffic enforcers contribute to the traffic within the metro.


Many of the city's employees are affected by the mass transportation problem, resulting in poor attendance and productivity at work. Around P2.4 billion is lost every day due to the traffic, and it is projected to increase by as much as P6 billion by 2030. Aside from this, health experts also expressed that the heavy traffic poses health risks.



Meanwhile, we wonder where the MMDA Chair is.

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