Malacañang asks private sector to adopt alternative work arrangements

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has appealed to the private sector to adopt alternative work arrangements to help their employees as public transportation remains limited even when Metro Manila is placed under general community quarantine (GCQ).

On Monday (June 1), thousands of workers were caught stranded, some were forced to go back home because there were no available vehicles to ferry them to their workplaces. 

Malacañang suggests to private companies to adopt the 50% operational capacity in their workplaces and have the other 50% of their employees work from home. 

Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque explained that such work arrangement is effectively being adopted in the Executive Branch and this can be applied to the private sector as well. 

“Ang pakiusap po natin ay bagaman tayo ay GCQ na subukan pa rin nating mag-50-50, at least [Our appeal is to, at least, try the 50-50 work arrangement although we are already under GCQ],” Roque appealed to private companies.

“Hindi po talaga sapat ang transportasyon natin kung papasukin natin ang 100 percent ng ating workforce [Our transportation will not suffice if we will have a 100% workforce returning to their workplaces],” he added.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade also asked private companies to provide their employees with shuttle service since they were requiring their workers to return to their workplaces. 

“Kailangan iyong mga employer ay mag-provide ng ways of communication and transportation kagaya ng shuttle bus [Employers should provide ways of communication and transportation such as shuttle buses],” he said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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