Former senator Jinggoy Estrada plans to institutionalize and provide incentives for alternative or flexible work arrangements should he succeed in his comeback bid in the Senate.
“The Covid-19 pandemic showed us that flexible arrangements like the work-from-home (WFH) set-up works. The economy continued to function and workers remained productive even if they’re not physically in their offices,” Estrada said.
The former two-term senator said hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Filipino workers especially in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry managed to perform their tasks and even became more productive under the WFH set up.
“Of course, working from home only applies to certain industries. There are jobs like those in manufacturing, agriculture and service industries that still require hands-on and physical presence. These are outside my flexible work arrangement proposal,” he stressed.