DOLE orders 5-minute standing breaks for desk workers every 2 hours

MANILA, Philippines – After mandatory sitting breaks, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) now requires employers to grant their workers standing breaks. 

Department Order (DO) 184 provides that workers "who have to spend long hours sitting at work" should be given regular 5-minute breaks every two hours. 

The order signed October 18 covers those involved in "computer, administrative, and clerical works" and those working in highly-mechanized establishments and "in the fields of transportation, toll booths, information technology, and business process management and industries where sedentary work is observed."

Other occupational health and safety standards that the new directive specifies include:  

DO 184 follows another order that prohibits employers from requiring workers to wear high heels at work and gives them sitting breaks. (READ: DOLE: Employers can't force women to wear high heels at work)

The new order will be effective 15 days after publication in a major newspaper. –

Patty Pasion

Patty leads the Rappler+ membership program. She used to be a Rappler multimedia reporter who covered politics, labor, and development issues of vulnerable sectors.