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DOLE’s webinar in Marinduque highlights employment preservation thru FWA

BOAC, MARINDUQUE - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through its Marinduque Field Office successfully conducted an online seminar on preserving employment through the adoption of Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) last 17 September 2020 with 67 participants from 57 public and private sectors in the province.

The virtual seminar was conducted to discuss and disseminate the new set of flexible work arrangements that can be adopted as one of the coping mechanisms and remedial measures in times of economic difficulties and national emergencies and is recognized as beneficial in terms of reducing business costs and saving jobs while maintaining competitiveness and productivity in industries.

In his opening remarks, Marinduque Provincial Director Peter James D. Cortazar shared the significance of the flexible work arrangements that will help the establishments cope in this season of pandemic and said “Amid creeping impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global trade and its perceived impact on domestic economies, the Labor Department constantly prepares wide-ranging set of actions that would prepare the labor sector from any impact from the pandemic.”

During the session proper, Queen Therese Espinas, Senior Labor and Employment Officer of Bureau of Working Conditions presented and discussed the importance and significance of the Labor Issuances which aims to guide the employers and also the employees on what to do by the time that the establishments resumed their operations.

“These issuances basically answer the governing rules during the resume of operation period. These flexible work arrangements help the employers and employees in coping up in the effect of COVID-19 pandemic in our economy and in business operations,” Espinas said.

DOLE MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director Albert E. Gutib supported the activity as he gave emphasis on the importance that the alternative work schemes may give to both employers’ and employees’ part and said “The government is doing a balance move to address the health issue particularly the COVID-19 and to relive the economy. As we adapt to the adjustments and alternative work schemes, we want to preserve the jobs and employments so that the employees can continue their work and they can provide the basic needs of their family.”

At the end of the presentation, participants raised their questions for the clarifications of the Labor Issuances that will help them to ensure and apply the different work arrangement or work scheme in coping up as they resume their establishment’s operation in this time of pandemic.


End/ Maria Cielo O. Orilla


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