Lawmakers have filed a bill that proposes work-at-home programs for employees from government agencies and private companies, based on a report from Manila Bulletin.
According to the report, AKO BICOL partylist Reps. Rodel Batocabe, Alfredo Garbin Jr. and Christopher Co pushed for the proposed Work-at-Home Act of 2016 or the House Bill 4291 to provide convenience to employees, decongest traffic in Metro Manila, and save on utility costs of employer companies.
“By providing at least a one-day respite from the stressful commute, this measure seeks to promote the welfare of workers who will have an extra time to stay at home while still doing some work-related activity,” Batocabe stated.
He added that there is an estimated 4.7 million employees in Metro Manila, and most of them commute to and from work.
“If we allow at least 10 percent of these workers to have at least one day of the week spent working at home, it would help lessen traffic congestion by reducing the number of commuting and driving public on certain days of the week, especially those workers in Metro Manila who live in the suburbs. Employers will benefit from a work-at-home program because it will save the company on utility costs during days when many employees are working at home, using their own electricity and water utility,” Batocabe said.
The report detailed that the bill mandates all government and non-government offices, except companies with less than 20 employees, or those whose jobs or business cannot be brought by employees at home as determined by the Secretary of Labor and Employment.
Once the Act has passed, the companies are given six months to submit to to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the policies adopting work-at-home programs.