Workers told to ready proof of residence, employment amid ‘lockdown’

AMID the lockdown imposed on the whole of Metro Manila, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Saturday, March 14, advised workers living outside the National Capital Region (NCR) to ready their proof of employment and residency in order to be able to go to their respective workplaces.

Based on Labor Advisory No. 11-2020, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said it is imperative for workers outside NCR to present such proofs in checkpoints for them to be allowed to report for work in Metro Manila.

“The same shall apply to residents in Metro Manila who work in nearby cities and/or municipalities outside the National Capital Region,” said Bello.

Such proofs, he said, include identification card (ID) containing the company address/place of work and employee’s place of residence; or certification of employment issued by the company that shall state the place of work.

The labor chief said self-employed workers shall be allowed to travel to and from the NCR, provided also that proof of business or economic activity must be presented at border checkpoints.

Similarly, he said those delivering goods such as food, raw materials, etc. should have access in Metro Manila, provided too that they present proof of delivery receipt stating the address of the establishment to receive the goods.

Also during the lockdown, Bello said all healthcare facilities shall be fully operational, with their employees to be allowed to move from Metro Manila to other regions and vice versa.

Bello also said that all manufacturing retail and service establishments are advised to remain in operation during the community quarantine period, as long as proper social distancing, or at least one meter radius between and among workers, and other safety and health measures are strictly observed.

Earlier, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious (IATF-EID) raised the Code Alert System to Code Red Sub-level 2 due to the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19).

This resulted to the imposition of a “community quarantine” over the entire Metro Manila region beginning March 15 and will last until April 14.

DOLE, through Labor Advisory No. 11-2020, also reiterated its call to employers to adopt flexible work arrangements, such as telecommuting work from home, reduction of workdays/hours, rotation of workers, and forced leaves.

This, Bello said, is because such alternatives are better than outright termination of the services of the employees or the total closure of the establishments. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)