Lawmaker Calls for a Probe on Overworked Filipinos

“Too much work kills,” – warned by a lawmaker following a recent report claiming that approximately 8 million Filipinos are overworked.

Citing a recent report claiming that approximately 8 million Filipinos are overworked, Senator Grace Poe is calling the Senate to give attention to the problem and eventually propose measures to address the issue.

In a resolution entitled as Senate Resolution No. 316, which was filed by no other than Senator Poe, she is calling for an investigation on the rise in the number of overworked Filipinos over the last two decades.

In her resolution, Senator Poe cited a report provided by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Decent Work in the Philippines which revealed that there were approximately 8.1 million overworked Filipinos in 2015. The data exhibited a big leap of 41.2 percent or at least 2.36 million from some 5.74 million in 1995.

Also, the same report revealed that employed persons with excessive hours of work in a week in all jobs were approximately 8.84 million in 2015, higher by 4.5 percent or some 378,000 from the 8.46 million back in 2005.

“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,”

Senator Grace Poe

Senator Poe added that Filipinos may just be working their way into an early grave if the issue would not be addressed as soon as possible.

“Too much work will kill you,” Senator Poe further noted.

Moreover, Senator Poe likewise proposed to conduct a comprehensive review of company policies requiring employees to work excessively long hours, an overhaul of the existing labor laws, as well as passage of legislative measures ensuring the lawfully guaranteed “just and humane work conditions.

“It is very important to value work-life balance because it is not just work that workers need to focus on. While there is a need to earn, there should be no place for the abuse of their rights. This way, they can still prioritize their welfare, health and family,”

Senator Poe

Also, the resolution cited noted that based on the PSA’s study, more than half of the total number of workers with excessive working hours were wage earners and salaried workers.

In a report released by PSA, it stated as follows:

“Excessive hours of work is one of the primary indicators of decent working time. 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. It may also be connected to the reduction of the productivity of workers,”

Aizelle Joe