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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic affecting jobs from white to blue, Filipinos are considering to opt for a job where they can just work from home as substitute to make ends meet and sustain their livelihood. For those who are willing to actually take a shot of working as an online freelancer, but don’t know where to start, you may go to this site specifically for online freelance beginners.

However, some companies do provide telecommuting as an option instead for its employees, providing a digital solution for workers to still be on the job while stuck in their own quarantined quarters amidst the coronavirus spreading all over the world. This is made happen thanks to the DOLE’s ‘Telecommuting Act’, a new work scheme where employees can work at home depending on the arrangements and the nature of work.

“The work arrangement must not be less than the minimum labor standards set by law, and shall include compensable work hours, a minimum number of work hours, overtime, rest days, entitlement to leave benefits, social welfare benefits, and security of tenure,” said Secretary Silvestre Bello III on a post in DOLE’s website.

And with the enhanced quarantine imposed upon Luzon, it’s expected that remote work setup is bound to rise significantly- in some respects- for good enough reasons. Although telecommuting has becoming a trend in some companies lately, offices were compelled to dive in what is considered to be the greatest experimental work scheme that the global workforce had to undergo as the Covid-19 covers more organizations to deviate from the traditional office work setup. For one, among the major advantages of working from home is its flexibility and cost-efficiency.

“Technology and flexibility have impacted the workplace so that work was no longer somewhere employees needed to go to but something they could in fact do from anywhere,” related Occupier Business Performance Head Despina Katsikakis in a podcast on re-balancing the work-life experience.

What’s critical, however, is the proper equipment and stable Wifi connection for a seamless workflow, in which some don’t really have the privilege to acquire and bandwidth currently lagging behind compared to other countries. With the quarantine still ongoing, it has been expected that the internet speeds nationwide had also been slower, as the use of Wifi became intense since March. Hopefully, the country’s oncoming major third telco player will be able to address such issue in which it promised faster connection speed and wider coverage- if without compromising nation’s cybersecurity– despite the cell towers build-up has been reported to be delaying for a number of times.

Despite experimental and may come with flaws, however, both organizations and workers alike would benefit from the venture of telecommuting, with the quarantine as a window of opportunity to assess its capabilities and potential.