‘Provide shuttle services for workers’

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The Departments of Trade and Industry (DTI) and of Labor and Employment (DoLE) have issued a joint advisory instructing private companies to provide shuttle services for their employees.

Issued on Sunday but released on Monday night, Advisory 20-03, Series of 2020, details the requirements and increase of the operational capacity of shuttle services, and the requirements on contact tracing under the Joint Memorandum Circular 20-04-A, series of 2020 earlier issued by the two departments.

The circular outlined the supplemental guidelines on workplace prevention and control of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

According to the advisory, private establishments must commission their own shuttle services.

Subject to strict compliance with minimum public health and safety standards and protocols; LTFRB MC 2020-061, Series of 2020; and other related issuances, the operational capacity of these shuttle services of permitted offices or establishments may also be increased, it said.

Firms may adopt a one-seat-apart arrangement or allow full-seating capacity provided that the necessary dividers are in place.

The DTI and DoLE said that to further safeguard personal information consistent with Republic Act 1017, or the “Data Privacy Act of 2012,” the required information for contact tracing should be limited to the name and contact number of customers, clients, examinees and visitors, as far as practicable.

“Use of [a] digital contract-tracing app is highly encouraged for greater efficiency of implementation and added security of the data collected,” they added.

“StaySafe.ph is the government’s official digital tracing application that is integrated with the Department of Health’s Covid-19 Document Repository System. Private establishments are highly encouraged to register in and use StaySafe.ph.”

The advisory took effect on Tuesday.

The advisory comes after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) on November 27 eased physical distancing rules for such services amid the pandemic.

According to IATF-EID spokesman Harry Roque Jr., company-provided shuttle services are now allowed to adopt a “one-seat apart” policy.

WITH A REPORT FROM KEITH CALAYAG

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