DOLE adopts 4-day work week

Published March 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

The Department of Labor and Employment, its bureaus, regional offices and attached agencies will implement a four-day workweek.


In Administrative Order No. 99-2020, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the move is a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of Covid-19, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation 922 declaring a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines.

Based on the order, the four-day workweek shall be from Monday to Thursday and work schedule is from 7 AM to 7 PM.

The four-day work week shall be governed by the following guidelines:

– Friday shall be the day-off of all employees.

-Employees must render not less than ten (10) hours of work a day, exclusive of meal periods. They may report for work anytime from 7 AM to 8 AM and may end work anytime between 6 PM and 7 PM after completing the ten-hour workday.

-Employees who report for work beyond 8 AM shall be considered tardy. Those who do not complete 10 hours in one workday shall be considered undertime. Off-setting of tardiness or undertime shall not be allowed.

-The official lunch break shall be maintained at 12 noon to 1 PM regardless of the time the employee reports for work.

– One day absence shall be considered as a ten-hour absence and shall be deducted proportionately from the employee’s leave credits.

-Employees who are required to report for work on their scheduled day-off shall be entitled to 1.5 days compensatory time-off.

The order dated March 11 takes effect immediately.