Duterte decision on 4-day workweek known Monday

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce on March 21 his decision on the proposal to adopt a four-day workweek to help workers cope with the soaring oil prices, Malacañang said Thursday.

“Malalaman po natin ito ngayong darating na Lunes (We will know this coming Monday),” acting Palace spokesman and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in an interview with radio DZBB.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua on Tuesday proposed a four-day workweek scheme to conserve energy and alleviate work-related expenses amid the series of fuel price hikes.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi backed Chua’s proposal for a shortened workweek and the extension of work-from-home arrangement.

Andanar said Duterte is still studying Chua’s recommendation.

“Ito po ay rekomendasyon, ito’y suggestion para po maibsan iyong posibleng negative effect (This is a recommendation, a suggestion to alleviate its possible negative effect),” he said.

Metro Manila and several parts of the country are under the most relaxed Alert Level 1 for the month of March.

Alert Level 1 allows all workers in government and the private sector to return to their workplaces to stimulate economic activities.

On Tuesday, Duterte decided to retain the collection of excise taxes on petroleum products after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd warned that suspending the collection of fuel excise taxes will reduce government revenues by P105.9 billion in 2022.

He approved Dominguez’s proposal to distribute P200 monthly subsidies to around 12 million poor Filipinos.

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