Senator Joel Villanueva has urged employers and labor regulators to consider telecommuting as an alternative method of working due to the “transportation crisis” affecting thousands of commuters in Metro Manila.
Villanueva, who pushed for the passage of Republic Act No. 11165 or the Telecommuting Law, said Tuesday (October 8) that employees should have more options to fulfill their duties while minimizing the need to travel to their places of work.
“Hindi po tama na kalbaryo araw araw ang turing ng mga manggagawang bumabyahe para magtrabaho at buhayin ang kanilang mga mahal sa buhay,” he said in a statement. “Para po sa kapakanan ng ating mga manggagawa, hinihikayat natin ang DOLE na itaas pa ang kaalaman tungkol sa batas na ito.”
The Telecommuting Law encourages employers in the private sector to adopt telecommuting, a work arrangement that allows an employee to work from an alternative workplace with the use of telecommunication and other relevant technology
The law provides protection for workers who will decide, with agreement from their employers, to work from home.
Workers under a telecommuting arrangement will receive the same compensation and social protection benefits as other workers who report or work in offices.
Operations of the LRT-2 have been limited since October 3 after a fire damaged its power transformers. Operator Light Rail Transit Authority resumed partial commercial operations on Tuesday with trains running up to Cubao in Quezon City from Recto in Manila.
The volume of traffic is expected to become heavier as the holiday season approaches.