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The Institute for Labor Studies has come with the study “Industry Analysis of Work-from-Home Implementation During Community Quarantine” as authored by Franchesca Rose S. Castillo and Joyce Anne S. Lumactud.

It aims to provide a descriptive analysis of the work-from-home implementation during community quarantine, particularly within the NCR Plus bubble (Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal) in aid to the Department in determining the number of allowable workers who may undertake alternative work arrangement during the implementation of community quarantine.

Like other alternative work arrangements, work-from-home and telecommuting arrangements have proven to be effective alternatives to ensure business continuity and mitigate the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The possibility of work-from-home (WFH) and telecommuting arrangements as the “new normal” in the world of work, the study considers the government vaccination program and functional areas and job categories. The study noted a few examples of functional areas viable to WFH and telecommuting, even in establishments whose business operations usually require face-to-face interactions.

The analysis hopes to aid policymakers in determining the maximum capacity of allowable workers in workplaces, and craft post-COVID programs and policies

The paper is slated for presentation during the afternoon session for Day 2 of the 10th DOLE Research Conference on March 29, 2022.