3 Cebu LGUs reach out to work-from-home workers

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AT LEAST three local government units in Cebu are offering free Wi-Fi hotspots for their constituents.

This is to accommodate the workers whose homes were badly damaged and had lost their internet connection due to Typhoon Odette (Rai) that struck several parts of the Visayas and Mindanao, including Palawan, on Dec. 16, 2021.

Starting on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, a free co-working space will be made available for work-from-home (WFH) employees at the Liloan Municipal Hall plaza.

The free co-working space is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. to all residents of Liloan.

Residents need to present proof of WFH arrangement such as company ID and certification from the company allowing the arrangement. Freelancers are also allowed to use the facility if they can present proof of work.

Residents must bring their own laptop and other computer devices. Streaming and online gaming, however, are not allowed.

The facility is limited only to 100 persons due to space limitations and will be on a first come, first served basis.

A parking space will also be provided at the San Fernando El Rey Parish grounds located across the municipal hall.

The free charging stations are also available in front of the municipal hall.

In Talisay City, Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam’’ Gullas Jr. said many people have availed themselves of the City’s WFH setup, which has been going on at the city hall for quite some time since the typhoon.

The number of people who use the WFH facility, however, grows bigger every day.

Gullas said they will provide additional tents, chairs and tables to “at least give people a comfortable working environment.”

Gullas was also grateful to Smart and Converge for providing free Wi-Fi.

He said they also contacted Globe if it can also provide free internet.

“We value our workers because they are truly working hard to provide the needs of their families during these difficult times,” Gullas said.

The WFH facility is open 24 hours, while the schedule of free charging service will remain at 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In Carcar City, southern Cebu, the city government has set up a temporary free co-working space for its residents.

The co-working space for WFH employees started on Jan. 11 at the New Carcar City Hall, the local government announced on its official Facebook page.

WFH employees must bring their laptops and extension wires.

They are also required to present proof of employment at the Office of the Mayor. (TPT, KAL)

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