The Philippines Government through it Labour Department have banned the use of High heels shoe by the female at work.


Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE), the country’s biggest workers group, urged the government to forbid employers from wearing heels saying it poses great danger to their health and safety.


Gerard Seno, National Executive Vice President of the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), said in a statement that they have received many complaints from sales ladies working at department stores and malls that they are in pain from spending their work days walking and standing for long hours in high-heeled shoes.


“Apart from the pain, working women also complain of injury after slipping, falling and tripping with high heel shoes on. This must be stopped. Women workers should not be compelled to put on high heel shoes against their will. They should not be exposed to any harm and danger at all times,” Seno said.


According to a labour group that proposed the new directive, the order makes the Philippines the first country in Asia to ban the mandatory wearing of high heels in the workplace.


“We hope that the regulation will also be copied and applied for the benefit of workers in the entire Asia region,” said Alan Tanjusay, a spokesman for the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP).


“With this regulation, millions of Filipino (workers) … will now be freed from the bondage of unsafe and dangerous working conditions,” he added.


Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello said the guidelines would take effect next month and was based on a study by a task force created following ALU-TUCP’s proposal.

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High heel is considered a fashion accessory for women around the globe but Study have also shown that high heels can cause the serious negative effect which includes

  • Foot pain

  • Knee pain

  • Crooked feet

  • Ankle sprains

  • Sore calves

  • Shortened calf muscles

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