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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What Is 'Work From Home Bill' And Why Senate Approves It Unanimously?

The Philippines is one of the countries in the world that has worsening traffic situation especially in big cities like Metro Manila.  And because of the too much and long traffic, many workers are already tired before they reach their workplace, which means productivity in work is affected.  With Senate Bill No. 1363 or the Telecommuting Act of 2017, this thing may lessen.  This is after Philippine Senate voted and passed the bill on third and final reading that encouraged companies to adopt a work-from-home program.




The Philippines is one of the countries in the world that has worsening traffic situation especially in big cities like Metro Manila.

And because of the too much and long traffic, many workers are already tired before they reach their workplace, which means productivity in work is affected.

With Senate Bill No. 1363 or the Telecommuting Act of 2017, this thing may lessen.

This is after Philippine Senate voted and passed the bill on third and final reading that encouraged companies to adopt a work-from-home program.



Under the bill, telecommuting means partial or total substitution of computers or telecommunication technologies, or both, for the commute to work by employees.

If becomes a law, the adoption of the program seeks to ease the worsening traffic situation in urban cities by allowing more employees to work at home.

Senators Joel Villanueva and Cynthia Villar are the authors of the bill that passed the senate with 22 affirmative votes.

Villanueva who is the chairman of the Senate labor committee said the bills seeks to protect the rights of home-based workers by ensuring that they have equal pay, leave benefits and promotion as their counterparts in the office.



Under Section of 4 of the bill, the employer shall ensure that its telecommuting employees are given the same treatment as that of comparable employees working at the employer's premises. The employer shall ensure, among other, that telecommuting employees shall:


A. Receive the same rate of pay, including overtime and nighttime work and other similar monetary benefits in accordance with applicable legislation and collective agreements;



B. Have the same or equivalent workload and performance standards of the telecommuting employee;

C. Have the same access to training and career development opportunities as comparable workers at the employer's premises and are subject to the same appraisal policies as these workers. 

D. Receive appropriate training targeted at the technical equipment at their disposal and the characteristics of this form or work organization. 

E. Have the same collective rights as workers at the employer's premises and no obstacles are placed to communicating with workers representatives.


('Work from home' na trabaho, in-demand ngayon)

“Employers must ensure that measures are taken to prevent the telecommuting employees from being isolated from the rest of the working community in the company,” Villanueva added

The senator said the proposed law would not be mandatory and instead give the employers the discretion on whether to offer to telecommute to their workers or not.

Based on 2014 study by US software company VM Ware Incorporated involving corporations with at least 500 employees in the Philippines, Villanueva said 70% of respondents claimed they were more productive and creative when working "on the go." Around 93%, he added, said they used smartphones for work while 73% said working from home was ideal for them.


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