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IDEALS, Inc. Infographic on workers’ rights amid the COVID-19 pandemic

By Kayla Lapiz, Relationship, Learning and Communication Manager at Voice, Philippines and Indonesia

Background: IDEALS, Inc. is an influence grant recipient of Voice Philippines working on a project to involve vulnerable groups in integrating the management of response work for the dead and missing

It is a local, non-profit institution, without share capital, specializing in advocacy and legal services, which specifically responds to the legal and technical needs of marginalized and vulnerable groups. With the changes in their activity programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IDEALS, Inc. has decided to contribute to raising awareness of various community problems and issues related to the pandemic. They have published several communication materials aimed at informing the public of their rights during the pandemic. They also give information on how to better surf the internet by drawing useful and valid information.  

As we celebrate International Labor Day, we would like to share with you the IDEALS, Inc. infographic FAQ developed specifically for Filipino workers: 

Below the images with translations of the text in English


For all workers


Question: Can I go to work even during reinforced community quarantine? 

Answer : It depends on the nature of your work. According to the directives of the reinforced community quarantine, you can only leave your home if your work provides essential services such as the market, hospitals and clinics, pharmacies, restaurants, water filling stations, food and drug factories, banks, utilities, and if you are a qualified BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) staff. If you do not belong to any of them, you cannot leave your home except in the event of a medical emergency or to go to buy medicine or food.

Question : Could I still receive my salary even if I can no longer go to work due to the reinforced community quarantine? 

Answer: yes. You will always receive your salary thanks to your paid holidays. If you have no paid leave left, DOLE (Ministry of Labor and Employment) will pay a subsidy to your employer so that he can pay your salary. This is part of the COVID-19 adjustment program, under which workers affected by telework or the temporary closure of private enterprises due to COVID-19 will receive a grant of 5,000 PHP. For those who will be laid off due to the closure of their business, they will receive unemployment benefits from the SSS (Social Security System). . 

Question:  Will I be laid off if I cannot go to work because of COVID-19? What can I do if this happens to me? 

Answer: Your employer cannot fire you. According to Law No. 11058 of the Republic, employees have the right to refuse to go to work if it presents a danger which could lead to illness, injury or death. You can report to DOLE employers who break this law. You can also call the DOLE Hotline 24/7 at 1349. 

Question:  Can I report my immediate supervisor or supervisor if they force me to go to work even when a compulsory memo “work at home ” has already been published in our service?

Answer: Yes. You can report your immediate supervisor to DOLE for failing to comply with occupational safety and health standards (Sec. 29 or RA 11058). You have the right to work in a place where you are safe from danger, illness or death.

Question:  : LesOFW (Filipino workers abroad) who must return to work they can abroad already leave? 

Answer: Yes. According to the Interagency Working Group (for the prevention of COVID-19), it is not necessary to wait for the 72 hour delay before OFWs and foreigners leave the country. They can already go to another country even during a period of reinforced community quarantine. However, care must be taken that the destination country has not yet implemented a travel ban for COVID-19 transmission areas. Filipino tourists still do not have the right to leave the country.

Question:  Are employees of grocery stores and supermarkets still allowed to work? And what do they do if they have no means of transportation to go to work? (Note: there is a ban on public transport) 

Answer: According to quarantine guidelines, yes. Those who work in grocery stores still have to work because their service is essential to meeting the basic needs of the community. All they need to do is present their identity card or work certificate to be able to go to work. If you are one of these workers, you can coordinate with the local government office or your company to find out if they can provide transportation.


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