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Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has called on government agencies and private companies to consider work-from-home (WH) arrangements to save on fuel and transportation costs.
According to Gatchalian, adopting a WFH setup will “improve” the quality of life of employees.
“Our office may look empty for some but we’re practicing work from home arrangement to save on gas, avoid traffic congestion, save time, and eliminate daily commutes,” Gatchalian said on Wednesday, June 22.
“Malaking kaluwagan ito lalo na sa panahon ngayong aabot na sa isang daang piso kada litro ang produktong petrolyo at tumataas ang pamasahe. Dumarami na rin ngayon ang hindi bumibiyaheng pampublikong sasakyan dahil sa walang habas na pagtaas ng presyo ng langis,” he added.
The senator also noted that even before the Civil Service Commission (CSC) issued a resolution allowing flexible work arrangements in government offices, WFH had already been adopted by some companies in the private sector.
Moreover, Gatchalian said he will file a measure proposing tax incentives for employees on a WFH or Civil Service Commission and income tax deduction for employers to encourage more businesses to adopt flexible work arrangements.
Under Senate Bill No. 1706, a measure co-authored by Gatchalian, a reduction of P25.00 from the taxable income of an employee for every hour of work rendered under a WFH arrangement is proposed.
Furthermore, allowances and other benefits of employees covering expenses necessary for telecommuting, not exceeding P2,000 per month, were proposed to be made non-taxable.