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Philippines mandates working at home but ICT needs to catch up

The Philippines ICT agency has called on telecoms operators to raise their game to provide more reliable internet connections for workers, after the government passed new regulations allowing employees to work from home, notes Mobile World Live. In a statement, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) welcomed the new law, signed last week by president Rodrigo Duterte, as “game-changing labour policy”. “The ball is now in the telcos’ court to gear up for the possible increase of demand for faster and more reliable internet connection,” said DICT acting secretary Eliseo Rio. The new act, allowing private sector employees to work from home or an alternative workplace by using ICT, is designed to help ease traffic congestion in major cities as it will formalise telecommuting. “It is high time to adopt policies that promote ICT solutions to our daily problems such as traffic, and the telcos must embrace their role in these initiatives and see it as opportunities,” Rio added. In 2018, the Japan International Cooperation Agency reported that the Philippine economy loses around PHP3.5 billion ($67 million) due to traffic congestion. The Philippines will have three major operators after the regulator in November 2018 awarded consortium Mislatel a mobile licence. Also included in the new law is a call for 3 year telecommuting pilot programmes to be set up in select industries to allow the labour department to determine the pros and cons of working outside the office. Read more

  • Wednesday, 23 January 2019

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