By Mario Casayuran
Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. pushed on Tuesday for the adoption of voluntary flexible work arrangements to help local employers and employees save time and resources, and avoid the cost and inconvenience of traffic congestion.
This came after he filed Senate Bill 673, “An Act Amending Article 83 of Presidential Decree No. 442, known as the Labor Code of the Philippines,” to identify flexible work arrangements that may be adopted by employers, including the compressed workweek where the normal number of working days in a week is reduced but the total number of working hours remains the same, and flexi-holidays where the employees agree to take their holidays on some other days.
Revilla said that with the advancement in information, communication, and technology, employees can work outside the premises of the workplace and sustain working beyond eight hours without sacrificing quality.
This kind of arrangement is recognized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through Department Advisory No. 2, “Guidelines on the Adoption of Flexible Work Arrangements,” and its subsequent Department Advisory No. 4, Series of 2010, “Guidelines on the Implementation of Flexible Work Arrangements and the Exemption From the Nightwork Prohibition for Women Employees in Business Process Outsourcing.”
Revilla said he believes a flexible work schedule will allow employees to achieve work-life balance which will make them more energized, satisfied, fulfilled, and productive.