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Telecommuting work arrangement minimizes the risk of workers getting infected with viral diseases such as the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (nCoV-ARD).

Senator Joel Villanueva stressed this on Tuesday as he encouraged the private sector to consider implementing telecommuting work arrangements for their employees as global health authorities grapple with containing the nCoV outbreak.

“We also expect our friends from the labor department to urge the private sector to adopt ‘telecommuting’ for workers whose tasks can be done remotely to minimize possible spread of the disease,” Villanueva said.

“Ito po ay ilan lang sa mga batas na pwede nating magamit para makatulong sa DOH na mapigilan ang pagkalat ng nCoV,” he said at the Senate public hearing on government’s response to nCoV epidemic.

Villanueva said that telecommuting work arrangements maintain the productivity of workers while reducing their need to commute to get to their offices or workplaces, “thereby lowering the risk of getting infected by the nCoV.”

“Working at home will help disperse crowds, decrease the number of people on the streets, on the trains and other in public mass transport vehicles, which will ultimately help mitigate the spread of the infection,” he said.

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