San Fernando City to implement 4-day workweek anew

SAN FERNANDO CITY, – The San Fernando city government will again adopt the four-day workweek during the summer season.

On March 28, 2005, President Arroyo signed Administrative Order 117 directing all government offices under the executive branch and government-owned and controlled corporations, except those performing front-line services, to implement a four-day workweek for the months of April and May to cut operational costs.

Since then, San Fernando City has adopted the scheme during dry season every year.

For this year, Mayor Pablo C. Ortega has already issued Executive Order No. 02 requiring the city employees to report for duty from 7 a.m to 6 p.m from Mondays to Thursdays.

The new work schedule signed on March 3 will be effective April 1 to May 31.

“This is to mitigate the adverse effects of a series of oil price increase on the government’s fiscal position,” Ortega said in his executive order.

It is also one of the cost-cutting measures being observed by the city government’s energy committee s which is expected to generate significant savings on the city’s electric bill and other related office operating and maintenance costs.

Also, Ortega said that the extra day off will benefit the employees resulting to lower levels of work-family conflict and high-level of job satisfaction thus promoting a healthy work life balance.