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Telecommuting amid COVID-19

The community quarantines for Metro Manila and Luzon started on March 15 and on March 17, respectively, and are expected to last until midnight of April 14. Travel in and out of the island is restricted for most forms of transport -- land, sea, and air. People are advised to limit their movements and stay home as much as possible to avoid being exposed to the virus.

Move people

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has been planning to disallow provincial buses from entering Metro Manila supposedly to lessen traffic and congestion in the metropolis -- especially in EDSA which most of the provincial buses eventually use to drop off passengers and enter their respective bus terminals. The MMDA’s plan is to have common terminals north and south of Metro Manila where the buses will drop off their hapless passengers. Since most of them will not have these points as their final destinations, they will have to take other means of transport (city buses, taxis, jeepneys, among others), to reach their final point which are mostly their places of work and business.

Telecommuting

You go to a search engine and type the word telecommuting and you will find various sources with definition of the term. One source offers a straightforward description of “work from home, making use of the Internet, e-mail and the telephone.” Another source describes it as a work arrangement in which employees do not commute or travel to a central place of work, such as an office building, warehouse, or store.

A solid law

Almost 18 years have gone by now since Congress passed Republic Act No. 9003, known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. The law...