DOLE urges firms to allow ‘work-from-home’ scheme to curb spread of novel coronavirus

Marje Pelayo
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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is encouraging companies to allow telecommuting or ‘work-from-home’ services to help curb spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Based on record from DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment, only less than a hundred companies in the country offer a ‘work-from-home’ program, most of them are in the Information Technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry due to its capacity and nature of work.

DOLE admits, however, that there are factors companies take into consideration before allowing said work scheme, such as the firm’s facilities for telecommuting, the working environment and the employees themselves.

“May mga considerations kasi like iyong work ethics mo, iyong performance mo, how critical the job is that you are handling in the workplace,” explained DOLE-BLE Director Dominique Tutay.

“Then siyempre, nandyan ang trust, nandiyan din ang security issue of information,” the official added.

Also, one of the major factors to be considered is the employees’ Internet connection given that all work will be done online.

“Handa ba ang alternative workplace? I-check din po iyan ng mga employer kung ito po bang tahanan halimbawa ng ating worker ay papasa into a telecommuting environment,” the director said.

Last month, DOLE issued a Prevention and Control Guidelines for private companies in consideration of the coronavirus threat in their workplaces. MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

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