As early as January, he shared, the DOLE secretary issued a labor advisory directing all establishments to come up with a health and safety program on how to prevent and control the COVID-19.
Recently, however, the labor secretary issued Advisory No. 9 allowing a flexible working arrangement for establishments affected by this disease.
The management, he said, is now allowed to come up with a scheme on how to cushion the impact of this disease like reduction of work days or hours, or rotation of work.
DOLE-10 is also encouraging work from home arrangement through online means.
For daily wage earners, Vasallo said the DOLE has various programs such as Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers Program (TUPAD) but this also has its risks since it involves working outside the home.
Currently, they are urging establishments to find ways not to suspend work through other means. (JMOR/PIA10)