Gatchalian to gov’t agencies, private sector: Engage in WFH setup to save fuel, transport costs

6/22/2022 12:40:00 PM

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Sen Sherwin Gatchalian encouraged more gov't agencies and the private sector to engage in flexible work arrangements to save on fuel and transportation costs as the price of oil continue to climb as a result of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

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Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Wednesday, June 22 encouraged more government agencies and the private sector to engage in flexible work arrangements to save on fuel and transportation costs as the price of oil continue to climb as a result of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Gatchalian said this would also improve the quality of life of employees and help them with cost savings as they are overwhelmed by the high prices of fuel and basic commodities.“Our office may look empty for some but we’re practicing work-from-home (WFH) arrangement to save on gas, avoid traffic congestion, save time, and eliminate daily commutes,” Gatchalian said in a statement.

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Gatchalian said this would also improve the quality of life of employees and help them with cost savings as they are overwhelmed by the high prices of fuel and basic commodities. “Our office may look empty for some but we’re practicing work-from-home (WFH) arrangement to save on gas, avoid traffic congestion, save time, and eliminate daily commutes,” Gatchalian said in a statement. Oliveros Street in Antipolo City, jeepneys, tricycles, and motorbikes lined up to gas up. “This is the new normal and working remotely can prove to be as productive as those working in an office setting,” he said., the “fuel cost unbundling” rule will be incorporated in a legislative measure that the Department of Energy (DOE) will be pushing when the next Congress will resume its session this July. Gatchalian also noted that more and more public transportation have chosen to stop operations due to the increasing price of fuel. Until Monday afternoon, the gas station on P. Even before the Civil Service Commission (CSC) issued a resolution allowing flexible work arrangements in government offices, Gatchalian noted that some companies in the private sector has already adopted a WFH setup. He said the National Government has the responsibility to protect especially the poor families from the effects of the food crisis, which was attributed to the prevailing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, increasing oil prices and the conflict in Ukraine brought about by Russian invasion.

In order to encourage more businesses to adopt flexible work arrangement, Gatchalian said he will file a measure proposing tax incentives for employees on a WFH or telecommuting program and income tax deduction for employers. A liter of diesel was selling for P81. “The industry take is 19 percent — these include all other items that the oil companies have been adding on to the pump prices, that’s what we would want to inquire on,” the DOE official said. The senator noted that under Republic Act No. 11165, or the “Telecommuting Act,” an employer in the private sector may offer a telecommuting program to its employees on a voluntary basis, and upon such terms and conditions as they may mutually agree upon.25; and unleaded gasoline for P74. Gatchalian, together with Sen.” The other plea the energy department wants to have an authority under the revised Oil Deregulation Law is to exercise “intervention” in the industry in times of extraordinary circumstances, such as the relentless price hikes that is now distressing the petroleum sector. Francis Tolentino, earlier filed Senate Bill No.P. said he will temporarily take the helm of the Department of Agriculture (DA) upon his assumption of office amid the looming food crisis.

1706, which proposes a P25.00 reduction from the taxable income of an employee for every hour of work rendered under a WFH arrangement.80 per liter; regular gasoline at P76.” She added “this is all in the spirit of transparency since the country is still under a pandemic and every peso means so much more, especially to the already economically-burdened consumers. The senators also proposed to make non-taxable the allowances and other benefits of employees covering expenses necessary for telecommuting, not exceeding P2,000 per month. Gatchalian said that under the bill, employers, for their part, may claim an additional 50 percent income tax deduction for allowances granted within the specified ceiling.10 per liter. .” Castro propounded “the oil companies must inform DOE and the public of these actual costs, so that we will know if they are overpricing or not. Meanwhile, Dar welcomed the pronouncement of Marcos that he will temporarily take the lead of the agency.