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Palace: Employers should provide lodging, transport to employees

Francis Wakefield

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Malacañang on Monday said that it should not be taken against employees if some of them opted not to go work due to the absence of public transportation that will bring them to their respective work places following the placing of Metro Manila under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

In a briefing, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque made the remark due to the difficulty encountered by many workers who had to walk a number of kilometers and endure the heat just to get to work due to the inability of their employers to provide them with shuttle services.

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez was quoted as saying over the weekend that “If an employee refuses to work, it doesn’t reflect well on his or her character and he or she also runs the risk of losing his or her job.”

The Palace official added that if employers will provide shuttles or vehicles for their employees, they should observe minimum health standards to ensure that they are protected from COVID-19.

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