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4 companies in Baguio adopt flexible work arrangements

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (21 February) -- Four companies in the city, with a total of 414 workers are adopting a "flexible work arrangement", to lessen the impact of the present global economic crisis. This was revealed by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Cordillera Director Atty. Ana Dione during a kapihan forum Wednesday.

These companies are ITW AMPANG Industries Philippines located in PEZA, Loakan Road; Philippine Treasures Inc at Session road; B.T.S Staff or Less Philippines Inc located at Benitez Court, Magsaysay Avenue and the Baguio Educational Communications at Green Valley Country Club, Sto Tomas.

Dione explained that flexible working arrangements are on a short term basis, as it is subject to DOLE evaluation every six months.

According to Dione, there are already a total of 1,478 local workers in the region that are affected by the crisis, through flexible work arrangements while and 550 local workers have been displaced.

Dione also cited that Lepanto Mines is presently under a reduce work days agreement with its workers, though the company is optimistic that their work arrangement will be back to normal by March.

Korean Schools are also feeling the present economic crunch, as they have few students during this lull time. To retain their teachers up to the next school term, other teachers with more loads are re-loading some of their loads to the other teachers, Dione added.

DOLE Secretary Marianito Duque recently issued an advisory that provides for the guidelines on the adoption of various flexible work arrangements for labor and management as a coping mechanism and remedial measure in mitigating the impact of the financial crisis on their business operations and the entire economy.

Roque urged both employers and workers to consider adopting such arrangements as a better alternative rather than outright termination of the workers' services and total closure of their establishments. (PIA) [top]

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