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4-day work week nixed

A transport group leader has rejected the proposed four-day work week saying that this will increase fares by 20 percent.

Lawyer Vigor Mendoza chairman of the Kilusang Pagbabago ng Industriya at ng Transportasyon said the 20 percent increase will result to rise of the minimum fare from R8 to R10 for the first four kilometers.

Also public utility vehicle drivers and operators will be hard pressed to increase their fares from R1.50 to P2 for every succeeding kilometer.

Mendoza said the drivers and operator of public utility vehicles (PUV) will have no other option but to ask for fare increase as they stand to lose between 15 to 20 percent of their income with the four-day work week.

Aside from this, Mendoza maintained that this would also affect the modernization drive of government as it would bring down the viability of purchasing new vehicles. (Chito Chavez)