The Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Labor and Employment are working closely to revise the implementing rules and regulations of the law that created the Philippine Economic Zone Authority.
“The pandemic has shown that working from home for BPOs [business process outsourcing] could be a viable alternative. In fact, it’s a preferred alternative by many employees in the BPO sector. And we are addressing that, and there are solutions we are trying to see whether amendment of the law is the more efficient way of doing it,” Trade Secretary Alfredo Pascual said Wednesday at the opening of the two-day 43rd National Conference for Employers.
“Take note that the PEZA law was passed when there was no concept of BPOs. [There were] only production plants and industrial companies,” said Pascual.
Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma said the work-from-home arrangement was one of the immediate concerns the department has been working on since the first week of July.