Palace: New Telecommuting Law will help ease congestion in M. Manila, other urban areas

(Eagle News)—The Palace on Friday, Jan. 11, said the Telecommuting Law recently signed by President Rodrigo Duterte will contribute to easing the traffic conditions in Metro Manila and in other urban areas.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the law, after all, recognizes that telecommuting as “a work arrangement is fast becoming the new norm, with the Filipino labor market starting to open up with alternative avenues in view of computer technologies.”

“The Palace notes that this landmark piece of legislation will give fair treatment to telecommuting employees in the private sector, who can now work from home or any place outside the employers’ premises and still be given the same treatment and entitlements as those employees physically working at the offices,” Panelo said.

He said President Duterte’s signing of the Telecommuting Act is “indeed recognition of an emerging and innovative Filipino workforce.”

The Palace is confident that  that the Department of Labor and Employment “will perform thoroughly as it leads the government in putting into action the directives of the law,” Panelo said.