MANILA, Sept. 30, 2014— A Catholic bishop expressed reservations about moving state employees to a four-day work week to ease traffic problems in Metro Manila.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, who chairs the CBCP Committee on Public Affairs, said he was concerned public service might suffer.
“How effective will the people be to work on that scheme? Many people are having hard time processing their papers in public offices. How much more if they will reduce the time?” he said.
Pabillo asked the government to carefully study before implementing the plan as a practical solution to traffic congestion.
“They should fix the transport system instead. Is the four-day work week their only solution?” he said.
He also downplayed the idea that a four-day work week will allow workers to spend more time with their family.
“Their children are not in the house, but in schools. So who is in there?” Pabillo added.
The Civil Service Commission earlier introduced the four-day workweek scheme for government offices in Metro Manila either from Monday to Thursday or from Tuesday to Friday.
Pabillo said it is unlikely that most parishes will adopt the scheme, since most of these offices don’t have many employees. (CBCPNews)