President Rodrigo Duterte declared Monday night class suspension in all levels in Metro Manila to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Also, Cavite suspended classes for 5 days as declared by Governor Jonvic Remulla. Moreover, the province of Bulacan suspended class on March 10 as Duterte announced that one out of four new novel coronavirus cases recorded in Sta. Maria.
Amid the rising confirmed cases, aside from students, workers are affected and also need precautionary measures against the virus.
That is why Chairman of the Senate Labor Committee Joel Villanueva called on the Labor Department to urge employers to implement a work-from-home policy to prevent the disease to spread.
“While it’s not for all workers because some need to be physically present in their places of work, telecommuting will also help minimize work disruption and stem the projected economic impact of the disease,” said Villanueva in a statement.
Private sectors start implementing work-from-home
A 48-year-old Filipino man who works for consulting firm Deloitte Philippines in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, is one of the recently confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country For disinfection, NEO Property Management closed one of its offices, where Deloitte’s office is located.
Senator Risa Hontiveros also called for a work-from-home setup to protect commuters and other employees from potential exposure to the virus.
In March 2019, President Duterte signed the Telecommuting Act which allows private-sector employees to work in an alternative workplace with the use of telecommunication and/or computer technologies.
On Tuesday, one of the country’s biggest conglomerates, JG Summit Holdings Inc., is preparing to implement a work-from-home set up for its employees and subsidiaries to reduce the risk of the novel coronavirus spread.
As of today, the confirmed cases in the Philippines has climbed to 24, wherein 14 cases were reported on March 9.
The Department of Health (DOH) raised a “Code Red Sub-Level 1” which suggested for a declaration of state of public health emergency that would “capacitate government agencies and LGUs to immediately act to prevent loss of life, utilize appropriate resources to implement urgent and critical measures to contain or prevent the spread of COVID-19, mitigate its effects and impact to the community, and prevent serious disruption of the functioning of the government and the community.”