By Argyll Geducos
Malacañang called for the full implementation of the Telecommuting Act to ease the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila.
In his Thursday press briefing, Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said that the law should be implemented whether the situation calls of it or not.
“Since may batas, dapat i-implement. Whether it’s time or not, batas yun, eh. I-enforce natin (Since there is a law, let’s implement it. Where it’s time or not, it’s already law. So let’s enforce it),” he said.
President Duterte signed Republic Act (RA) No. 11165 on December 20 last year which aims to ease traffic congestion. During its signing, Malacañang noted how the government needs to catch up with the changing times.
“Times are changing and we have seen how the government responds and adapts to different work environments,” Panelo had said.
“With its full implementation, we are optimistic that this arrangement can also contribute in easing the traffic conditions in Metro Manila and in other urban areas,” he added.
The law also gives 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.