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The Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) Acting Deputy Executive Director Patrick P. Patriwirawan Jr. shared his insights on telecommuting as one of the panelists in the webinar: “Telecommuting in the Philippines, Is It Here to Stay?” as part of the Risk Summit organized by the Institute of Internal Auditors Philippines last July 29. His presentation focused on the features of the implementing rules and regulations particularly on fair treatment and data protection and noted that there is an ongoing study as part of the requirement of the law to conduct a pilot program identifying industries for purposes of baselining, scoping and profiling practices on telecommuting.

The summit explored how internal auditors and risk professionals can navigate the new normal and march on to the beat of emerging risks that the COVID19 pandemic brings and its impact on organizations.

DED Patriwirawan, Jr. raised some of the concerns already detailed in a previous study on telecommuting conducted by the Institute in 2018 titled “A Descriptive Study on Off-site Work Arrangement in the Philippines.” Findings of the said study showed that most of the jobs suitable for an off-site work arrangement rely on information and communications technology and home is the primary workplace. While the work arrangement offers opportunities, it also presents challenges both for employers and employees. There are various issues that must be addressed such as safety and health, communications, and support tools and infrastructure, when formulating and implementing off-site work arrangements.

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