With social distancing the catchphrase of the
times, public and private companies locally and overseas are implementing work
from home. In the Philippines, where the government has put the entire island
of Luzon under enhanced community quarantine to curb the spread of the COVID-19
virus, government work is largely suspended while most private establishments enforce
As organizations undertake measures to ensure
business continuity without endangering their workforce, the rapid response and
creativity of managers will be key to ensuring an easy transition to a new work
setup with minimal or zero disruption in operations and business processes.
Managers know what works best for their teams and can tap into this knowledge
to make adjustments seamless, deliver results and maintain business viability
amid this uncertain period.
Robert Walters, a global recruitment specialist group headquartered in England and with regional offices in Southeast Asia, shares tips on how businesses and organizations can ensure efficiency and productivity even while working from home.
Free shuttle services for health workers and
frontliners are now operational in Metro Manila through a partnership with
Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Hino Motors Philippines.
Since the implementation of the enhanced
community quarantine for Luzon, public transportation has been suspended in the
entire Luzon island. To ease the commute of these modern-day heroes, free PUV
rides have been made operational daily until from 8AM to 5PM. The commuters only
have to present their IDs for proper identification.
platform, a centerpiece of the Global
MediXchange for Combating COVID-19 (GMCC) program, was jointly established
by the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation. It is designed for medical experts around
the world to communicate seamlessly with each other to share their invaluable
experience of fighting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to ask and
answer each other’s questions. To date, the most applications have come in thus
far from medical institutions in the U.S, Turkey, the U.K., Pakistan, Spain and
To support medical and health COVID-19 frontliners in Mindanao, OYO is
offering discounts to practitioners from hospitals within a 5-kilometer radius
of its partner properties. The company is also closely coordinating with BPOs
and other businesses for accommodation for their employees, and with stranded
foreign tourists affected by the lockdown.
In response to the need for more accommodations raised on social media and by LGUs and NGOs, 24 OYO properties in Mindanao were reopened. OYO has 500 rooms available for occupancy in the region, and the company is currently working on the possibility of opening more should the need arise.
Chevron companies in the country recently teamed up to donate cash and fuels amounting to almost P1 million to provide safe transportation and personal protective equipment to frontliners and health workers.
Chevron Philippines Inc. (Caltex), marketer of the Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, together with Chevron Holdings Inc. (CHI), donated P500,000 to the Philippine General Hospital Medical Foundation Inc. (PGHMFI) to address the shortage in medical supplies and personal protective equipment frontline healthcare professionals need for proper patient management. The country’s largest public tertiary hospital, PGH is one of the designated referral hospitals in Metro Manila for COVID-19 patients.