TRAFFIC congestion and overcrowding in government and private offices continue to worry the public in Metropolitan Manila (MM) and other urban areas across the country.
But various quarters said the advancement of modern technology just might address the twin problems.
In fact, a proposed piece of legislation, “Work-at-Home Act of 2016,” seeks to allow employees at least once a week to perform their duties at home.
House Bill (HB) No. 4291, authored by AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, mandates public and private offices to formulate policies about work-at-home programs.
“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,” said Batocabe.
We agree with the party-list lawmaker that traffic congestion continues to take its toll on employees, public and private, who waste increasingly more time in their commute to and from work.
With the wonders of modern technology, like computers, previous tasks that cannot be accomplished at home can now be performed at the comfort of personal spaces.
The Civil Service Commission and the Department of Labor and Employment shall monitor the implementation of the work-at-home programs in public and private offices, respectively
Certainly, adopting work-at-home policies benefits not only the country’s workers but also the employers.
The measure ought to open the eyes of government officials and private sector employers to the benefits of implementing work-at-home programs in this labor-exporting nation of English-speaking people.