Palace: ‘Work-from-home’ law to ease traf­fic con­ges­tion

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business -

on Fri­day, Jan­uary 11, ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion over the pas­sage of the Telecom­mut­ing Act that al­lows pri­vate work­ers to work from home, say­ing the new law would also help ease traf­fic jams in Metro Manila and other ur­ban ar­eas.

“Telecom­mut­ing as a work ar­range­ment is fast be­com­ing the new norm with the Filipino la­bor mar­ket start­ing to open up with al­ter­na­tive av­enues in view of com­puter tech­nolo­gies,” Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said in a state­ment.

“With its full im­ple­men­ta­tion, we are op­ti­mistic that this ar­range­ment can also con­trib­ute in eas­ing the traf­fic con­di­tions in Metro Manila and in other ur­ban ar­eas,” he added.

Repub­lic Act 11165, oth­er­wise known as a Telecom­mut­ing Act, al­lows an em­ployer in the pri­vate sec­tor to of­fer a telecom­mut­ing pro­gram to em­ploy­ees on a “vol­un­tary” ba­sis and upon terms and con­di­tions that will not be less than the min­i­mum la­bor stan­dards set by law.

The law, signed by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte on De­cem­ber 20 last year, man­dates em­ploy­ers to pro­vide telecom­mut­ing the same treat­ment given to work­ers “work­ing at the em­ployer’s premises.”

Panelo said Duterte’s sign­ing of the Telecom­mut­ing Act was a recog­ni­tion of “an emerg­ing and in­no­va­tive Filipino work­force.”

He ex­pressed op­ti­mism that pri­vate com­pa­nies would fol­low min­i­mum la­bor stan­dards for home-based work­ers.

“Times are chang­ing and we have seen how the gov­ern­ment re­sponds and adapts to dif­fer­ent work en­vi­ron­ments,” the Palace of­fi­cial said.

“The Palace notes that this land­mark piece of leg­is­la­tion will give fair treat­ment to telecom­mut­ing em­ploy­ees in the pri­vate sec­tor who can now work from home or any place out­side the em­ploy­ers’ premises, and still be given

the same treat­ment and en­ti­tle­ments as those em­ploy­ees phys­i­cally work­ing at the of­fices,” he added.

Un­der the law, the La­bor de­part­ment is ex­pected to craft guide­lines that will en­sure “fair treat­ment” of telecom­mut­ing em­ploy­ees.

Panelo said the Palace was con­fi­dent that the La­bor de­part­ment would per­form thor­oughly in im­ple­ment­ing the Telecom­mut­ing Act./ Sun­star Philip­pines

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