DTI to business owners: Provide shuttle service or accommodation for employees

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez is urging companies to provide shuttle services to their employees as more workers are expected to report to their workplace due to the easing of quarantine restrictions starting June 1.

In an interview with CNN Philippines Friday, Lopez said companies’ shuttle services would help “unload the problem of public transport.”

Under general community quarantine (GCQ), the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has allowed the full operation of businesses except for a few industries, particularly in entertainment, as well as travel and leisure.

However, commuting would be a challenge for the workforce as operations of public transport are limited to observe minimum health protocols, such as physical distancing.

Lopez said it would be in the company’s favor to provide its employees with shuttle services as this would ensure the safety of the workers and easier contact tracing.

He also encouraged companies to house their employees in nearby accommodation facilities.

“Employers would want their workers to go to work, especially if it’s (the) operation type of work. For administrative jobs, they can do (the) work-from-home (scheme),” Lopez said.

Even under the “new normal”, companies could implement alternative work arrangements, such as work from home, compressed work week, and skeleton workforce (PNA)

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