MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill that allows private sector employees to “telecommute” or work from home.
Duterte signed on Dec. 20 Republic Act 11165, a copy of which Malacañang released Thursday, Jan. 10.
— Dharel Placido (@dgplacido)
Republic Act 11165 aims to promote work-life balance and address traffic congestion and its effects on the country’s economy, said Sen. Joel Villanueva, who chairs the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development.
The senator, principal author and sponsor of the law, said the work-from-home program is optional and depends on the mutual agreement between workers and employers.
It, however, should still follow minimum labor standards on health, safety, schedule, workload, work hours and social security.
He added that the law has “enough safeguards” for home-based workers such as equal pay, leave benefits and promotion.
“With this recently signed law, we can now have a stable and consistent legal framework that can provide an enabling environment to encourage participation and enforce compliance among enterprises, big or small. This is indeed a fitting New Year’s welcome for our dedicated Filipino workers,” Villanueva said in a statement.
Under the law, the labor department is tasked to create guidelines on the following:
Villanueva said the law prompts the creation of a telecommuting pilot program in select industries for a period of not more than three years to allow the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to “determine the advantages and disadvantages of a telecommuting program in the Philippines.”
He said DOLE will lead the drafting of the implementing rules and regulations.
— reports from Dharel Placido and Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News
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