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Bello states: Without shuttle services, employees are not obligated to report to work

Department of Labor and Employment Sec. Silvestre Bello III (Photo Credits: pia.gov.ph)

While employers have no obligation to provide shuttle service to their workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) stressed on Monday, May 18, that companies need to make such arrangements if they want to resume operations.

DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello said that companies must provide shuttle service or any form of transportation to their employees in order to obligate them to report to their office.

Kung hindi mo mabigyan ng shuttle service yung mga worker mo, hindi mo silang ma-obligang pumasok kasi paano sila makapasok kung wala silang transportation,” DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello said during DZRH’s Damdaming Bayan.

Walang obligation ang ating mga employer na mag-provide ng transportation, pero kung gusto nilang mag-operate, kailangan i-provide nila,” Bello added.

The DOLE chief made the comment after the government allowed more industries to resume operations, either partially or fully, in Metro Manila, which has been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine starting Saturday, May 16.

Per reports, some companies provided shuttle service or hired public buses to fetch their workers since the mass transport system remain suspended in the National Capital Region.

However, other workers have to walk or ride a bike along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), Commonwealth Avenue, and other major roads in order to reach their place of work since their employers failed to provide a shuttle service, neither do they have their own means of transportation.

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