Marcos seeks amendment to Telecommuting Act to limit office work to 2 days per week

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 29 2020 06:24 PM

MANILA - Sen. Imee Marcos on Monday pushed to amend the Telecommuting Act to limit the number of an employee's physical presence at work to two days a week.

Under Marcos' Senate Bill No. 1448, companies must ensure that an employee, whose physical presence is "necessary for a particular task," will only come to work at least twice a week, and only during office hours on weekdays.

"Hindi na tayo babalik ever sa [dati] palagay ko. All companies should be compelled to think about work from home," Marcos told reporters in an online press conference.

(I don't think we can go back to the way we used to do things.)

Banks, for example, can transfer most of their transactions online, she said.

"So ang unang dapat gawin ay mag-IRR (Implementing Rules and Regulations) tayo at i-target natin ang industriya na talagang klarong klaro [na kaya mag work-from-home]," Marcos said.

(The first thing we can do is to craft an IRR that would taregt industries that clearly can operate with its employees working from home.)

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11165 or the Telecommuting Act into law in January 2019 to ease the traffic congestion in major thoroughfares.

The law ensures that home-based workers receive equal pay, leave benefits and other opportunities equal to their counterparts working inside offices or other work spaces.

In March, several companies shifted to work-from-home schemes after Luzon, the Philippines' most populous island, was placed under a lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019.