Malacañang: Telecommuting Act will ease traffic problems in Metro Manila

Marje Pelayo   •   January 11, 2019   •   2782

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MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang is confident that the newly-signed
Telecommuting Act or the ‘work-from-home’ law will minimize traffic problems in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.

The said bill, according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, will lower the number of employees suffering from heavy traffic situations on EDSA and nearby provinces.

The new law allows employees to work at the convenience of their homes or any alternative location with the aid of communication technology.

Panelo said, President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of the bill implies his recognition of the country’s emerging and innovative workforce.

Panelo added that the government hopes home-based or remote-based employees will be given similar benefit entitlements as the regular office-based employees.

Malacañang trusts that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will deliver its mandate in implementing the said measure. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

Computer loan para sa mga kawani ng pamahalaan, handog ng GSIS

Maris Federez   •   November 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Upang makatugon sa pangangailangang ng mga kawani ng pamahalaan at ng kani-kanilang mga pamilya pagdating sa teknolohiya, ipinahayag ng Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) ang computer loan program ng ahensya.

Ayon kay Ginoong Deity Manampan, ang Officer-in-Charge ng Visayas Office ng GSIS, ang programang ito ay ginhawang handog para sa mga work-from-home employee at sa online distance learning ng kanilang mga anak.

Ang maximum amount na maaaring utangin ng mga empleyado ay Php30,000 at ito ay babayaran sa loob ng isang taon na mayroong 6% per annum interest rate.

Ayon kay Manampang sa milyong miyembro ng GSIS, 282 members pa lamang ang nag-avail ng nasabing proyekto.

Kaya naman hinihikayat ng opisyal ang mga GSIS member na huwag palampasin ang pagkakataon na maka-avail sa programa.

“As of yesterday, nasa 282 members lamang po ang nabigyan ng loan, and that’s amounting to Php8.4 million. Millions po ang miembro ng GSIS bakit nasa 282 pa lamang ang  nagloloan ng computer loan? Ako po ay nananawagan na iavail na po ito sa lalong madaling panahon,” ani Manampan.

Paalala pa ng opisyal, ang programang ito ay hanggang December 31, 2021 na lamang. —/mbmf

Davao City enforces mandatory WFH, skeleton workforce setup in all gov’t offices

Robie de Guzman   •   September 9, 2021

The Davao City government has ordered the implementation of a fully operational work-from-home (WFH) and skeleton workforce arrangement in all government offices based in the city.

Under Executive Order No. 44, Mayor Sara Duterte ordered the enforcement of the policy from Sept. 8 to 26 due to the massive surge of COVID-19 infections.

The Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and other private hospitals have reached full capacity with all kinds of patients, including COVID-19 cases.

“The Health Group of the Response Cluster of the Davao COVID-19 Task Force recommended to put essential workers on a work-from-home arrangement,” Mayor Sara said in a statement, adding that the recommendation was modified to be mandatory for government offices only so as not to disrupt businesses and private offices.

She, however, said that the WFH and skeleton workforce arrangement may be voluntarily adopted by private offices and establishments.

Mayor Sara also underscored that the policy must not delay the delivery of government services.

“All offices must create a system wherein government service is accessible to all those in need despite the WFH and skeleton workforce arrangement,” she said.

Offices should have online platforms where clients can access and direct their queries, with a real-time feedback response system, she added.

The order also states that all meetings involving government offices shall use online platforms and that all meetings of more than five attendees are prohibited.

Exempted from the directive are personnel working in the vaccination program, COVID-19 response, solid waste management program, implementation projects, and emergency response.

E.O. 44 also provides that all disaster and social services personnel may also adopt a WFH arrangement, provided that they are on-call and on a shifting arrangement 24 hours a day.

QC advises gov’t offices to implement ‘work-from-home’ scheme during Lenten week

Marje Pelayo   •   March 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City government is calling on national government offices within its jurisdiction to implement a “work-from-home” scheme for the duration of the Lenten week to help arrest the surge of COVID-19 cases.

Mayor Joy Belmonte stressed the local government unit (LGU) is aiming to limit mobility within the next nine days to contain the spread of the virus.

“During this time frame, we hope to reduce the number of infections significantly, thus easing the burden on our healthcare system and our medical frontliners who are tirelessly working 24/7,” she said.

The city government plans to reduce the workforce and if possible, make it even lower than the government mandate of 30 to 50 percent.

Based on their contact tracing, Dr. Rolly Cruz of the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) pointed out that a significant number of COVID-19 cases involve workers who got infected in the workplace and transmitted the virus to members of their household.

Since January 1, CESU has recorded a total of 310 COVID-19 cases in about 30 national government offices in Quezon City.

As of March 24, one hundred ninety-two (192) of the 310 cases are active.

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