MANILA – Senator Grace Poe has filed a resolution seeking a probe into the reported rise in the number of overworked Filipinos.
Citing data from the Philippine Statistics Authority’s report titled “Decent Work in the Philippines,” Poe said there were some 8.105 million overworked Filipinos in 2015 in primary jobs, which represented an increase of 41.2 percent or an additional 2.363 million from 5.742 million overworked Filipinos recorded in 1995.
“Having more than the usual hours of work may interfere with the balance between personal life and work, may increase injury hazard risks, may signal an inadequate pay, and in the long term, pose a threat to workers’ physical and mental capacity to work,” the PSA report noted.
Poe said the probe has to be conducted in order to determine whether there is a need to overhaul labor laws and propose legislative measures that are necessary to ensure the constitutionally guaranteed “just and humane work conditions.”
Poe added, a comprehensive review of company policies requiring employees to work excessively long hours should be done.
“Several studies have shown that excessive work hours could trigger serious health problems and even cause death. Chronic overworking, as various research suggest, can lead to threatening levels of stress,” said Poe.
“Napaka-importanteng bigyang halaga ang work-life balance dahil hindi lamang sa trabaho umiikot ang mundo ng ating mga manggagawa. Bagama’t kailangang kumita, walang lugar ang pang-aabuso sa kanilang karapatan. Sa ganitong paraan, mas mapagtutuunan nila ng pansin ang kanilang sarili, kalusugan, at pamilya,” Poe said.
(Work-life balance is importance since a person’s world does not only revolve around work. While there is a need to earn money, an employee’s rights must not be abused. This way, workers can give time for themselves, their health, and their family.)