GOVT  SEES  P144  MILLION  SAVINGS  IN  4-DAY  WORK  WEEK  SCHEME

MANILA, March 29, 2005
(STAR) The government expects a 144-million peso savings from the various line agencies in the implementation of the four -day workweek in the months of April and May this year.

This was the forecast made by acting Budget Secretary Mario Relampagos and Energy Secretary Rafael Lotilla during a press briefing at Malacañang Monday afternoon.

"Our budget for POL or petroleum, oil, lubricants for this year is 3.85 billion pesos and for water, utilities and electricity is 4.5 billion pesos. This is the budget for the year. So we will save on this because of the four-day work week and we are imposing at least 10 percent of this. So for two months, this will be around 144 million pesos," the acting DBM chief said.

Relampagos added that 30 percent of the total 1.1 million public servants are not covered by the experimental four-day workweek scheme for two months.

Based on the scheme, affected government employes are directed to render 10 hours of service per day from Monday to Thursday from 7:30 a.m. up to 5: 30 p.m.

The government workers directed to report on regular working time are the military, police, firemen, coast guard, those involved in provision of hospital and health services, emergency, calamity, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and some sections in the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Relampagos said he would propose to the President a possible extension of the scheme or make it permanently implemented should the two-month experimental period proves successful.

Arroyo to sign order implementing 4-day gov't work week 03/28 5:25:02 PM

President Gloria Arroyo is expected to sign Monday the Administrative Order (AO) that will implement the new work schedule of selected government servants.

This was the declaration of Presidential Spokesperson Ignacio Bunye this afternoon in the wake of government's move for a four-day work week in national agencies as a way of participating in the government’s energy conservation campaign.

The government had earlier warned of a power crisis in the next two years if reforms were not implemented soon in the energy sector.

Pres. Arroyo is also pushing for energy conservation to reduce the country’s dependence on expensive imported oil and promote energy independence.

Government officials had said they expects a 144-million peso savings from the various line agencies in the implementation of the four -day workweek in the months of April and May this year.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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