DOLE, DTI Establish New Standards On Free Shuttle Service For Employees

DOLE and DTI had established its new standards on free shuttle service for employees.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) had established its new standards on free shuttle service for employees who worked at big establishments and business firms.

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In a report on ABS-CBN News, DOLE and DTI signed last week the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2020-04-A, Series of 2020, in which it required big establishments and business firms with total assets above PHP 100,000,000 that were in special economic zones and other areas to provide shuttle services for their employees.

This means that starting this month, big establishments and business firms should provide free shuttle services with a relaxed standard operational capacity in order to help their employees avoid high-risk of COVID-19 exposure in public transportation.

DOLE and DTI had also agreed to allow companies and establishments to relax restrictions on seating capacities of their shuttle services.

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Under the Joint Memorandum Circular, employees were highly advised to sit “one-seat apart” or if this was unlikely, workers could fill the service vans and vehicles as long as there were dividers installed between the seats.

Contact tracing forms should also be provided to employees. Only the required information — including their names and contact numbers — should be given.

This also applied for companies’ and establishments’ clients, customers, visitors, and examinees.

DOLE and DTI also urged the use of digital contract tracing app, particularly, which was the government’s official digital contact tracing application.

Private establishments are highly encouraged to register in and use,” the Joint Memorandum Circular read.

As per the report, the Joint Memorandum Circular was signed by DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello III and DTI Sec. Ramon Lopez.

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