Kakaiba ito! Iloilo politiko proposes stress burnout leave

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Soon, stress burnout may be one of the bases for City Hall officials to take an official leave in Iloilo City, after a city councillor filed an ordinance for it.

Councilor Candice Magdalane Tupas’ ordinance granting file leaves due to stress burnout to regular employees of the City Hall.

“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,” Tupas said (

She added it is high time that such ordinance be passed since burn out was recently declared as a medical condition by an international health journal.

Tupas’ proposed ordinance hurdled the first reading during the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod on Tuesday, July 16.

According to Tupas, the condition has no specific or distinct symptoms and can actually be caused by depression.

“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 burn out, 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 said.

Once the ordinance is passed, Tupas said the employees need to secure a medical certificate from the City Health Office to file for a leave of absence.