DOLE Implements 4-Day Work Week

The Department of Labor and Employment, its bureaus, regional offices, and attached agencies has decided to adopt a 4-day work week in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III cites the move as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19.  This is under Presidential Proclamation 922 declaring a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines.

Administrative Order No. 99-2020 mandates a 4-day work week from Monday to Thursday. The daily schedule should be from 7 am to 7 pm.

The following guidelines apply:

  • Friday shall be the day-off of all employees.
  • Employees must render not less than ten (10) hours of work a day, exclusive of meal periods. They may report for work anytime from 7 AM to 8 AM and may end work anytime between 6 PM and 7 PM after completing the ten-hour workday.
  • Employees who report for work beyond 8 AM shall be considered tardy. Those who do not complete 10 hours in one workday shall be considered under time. Off-setting of tardiness or undertime shall not be allowed.
  • The official lunch break shall be maintained from 12 noon to 1 PM regardless of the time the employee reports for work.
  • One day absence shall be considered as a ten-hour absence and shall be deducted proportionately from the employee’s leave credits.
  • Employees who are required to report for work on their scheduled day-off shall be entitled to 1.5 days compensatory time-off.

The order is effective immediately.

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