According to Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, foreign and local employers involved in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry are urging the government to reconsider holiday policies.
Recommendations include the proposal of prearranged working holidays that would be advantageous for investors as well as employees. Baldoz added that the government grants too many national and local holidays, resulting to negative effects to business operations.
Another issue expressed by the employers is the government’s abrupt proclamation and approval of non-working holidays without proper endorsement from stakeholders.
Religious and cultural feasts and founding anniversaries constitute the 184 local holidays, according to DOLE. In addition to that, each locality has two other holidays, and weather disturbances account for an average of four working days each year.
According to reports from the research done by the Institute of Labor Studies at DOLE last year, while holidays help improve tourism in the country, it is detrimental to a business’ operation cycle and the earnings of workers.
One of the solutions suggested by the DOLE is a more organized policy regarding leave processes that can make way for the employee’s rest and recreation plans. Another one is the approval of special working holidays, which doesn’t affect work schedules but still lets employees commemorate a special event.