Feeling job burnout? Iloilo City councilor files anti-burnout ordinance

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Iloilo City Councilor Candice Magdalane Tupas has filed an ordinance allowing regular employees of the City Hall to file leaves due to burnout.

The proposed ordinance hurdled the first reading during the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod on Tuesday.

Tupas stressed the need for such ordinance, saying that burnout was recently declared as a medical condition by the World Health Organization in its International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health.

“It’s a new condition. Before burnout might be deemed normal, now people are aware of the stress that we have in our life. A lot of us, especially in City Hall cannot really take on the stress every day,” according to her.

“Doctors cannot check and will never know. You feel sad sometimes or you don’t feel well, burnout can also be caused by depression. It has become a medical term but a condition of many symptoms, that is burnout, and that is something that we need to address. We are trying to control depression which will cause other problems like anger management problems and suicide,” she added.

Once the ordinance comes into force, the employees should secure a medical certificate from the City Health Office to file for a leave of absence.