Malacanang on Saturday refused to fully endorse and support the four-day workweek program that was approved by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) because of fears on the government’s frontline offices.
The four-day workweek was conceptualized as a response to worsening traffic jams in Metro Manila and to promote a work-life balance among state workers.
It was likewise designed to cut government offices’ power consumption amid warnings of a looming power shortage next year.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in an interview aired over Radyo ng Bayan station although the program covers only the National Capital Region, they are concerned on the scheme’s effect on frontline services.
“We have to consider the impact on those who will be getting NBI [National Bureau of Investigation]clearance, those who are securing benefits from SSS, GSIS, Pag-Ibig and Philhealth,” she said.
SSS is Social Security System, while GSIS is Government Service Insurance System. These agencies are in charge of processing and providing assorted benefits of private and public employees, respectively. Pag-Ibig Fund stands for the Home Development Mutual Fund that provides housing and financial assistance to its members, while Philhealth provides the government’s package of health insurance for the people.
“We will lose one day that we can have transactions. We need to have further studies before we can say yes or no,” Valte added.