Wed. Jul 28th, 2021

MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday welcomed the move of 10 companies to compensate their workers during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine period.

Namely, the 10 companies which answered the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to pay workers during the expanded community quarantine (ECQ) are Aboitiz, Asian Terminal/Solaire Resort Hotel, Ayala Group of Companies, JG Summit, Jollibee, Lucio Tan Group, Manny V. Pangilinan Group, San Miguel Corporation, SM and Udenna Group.

“We are grateful to the big businesses who heeded the appeal of the President to take care of their workers and employees during this time of national emergency. Their compassion and good example inspire other enterprises whose source of wealth is the labor of their workforce. President Duterte has been apprised accordingly of their exemplary deeds,” the DOLE said in a statement.

It was also gathered that employees of the said companies will not use up their available leave credits and their 13th and/or 14th month pay will be given in advance as well as other forms of financial relief.

Other companies were also encouraged to respond to the call of the government to help their workers during this time of crisis.

Adoption of a flexible work arrangements including the work from home (WFH) scheme was also suggested.

“However, the WFH is not applicable to other workers particularly those in the manufacturing industry. This is where initiatives from employers become important and necessary,” the labor office said. (ia/

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