Supplemental Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID19 - Circular No. 20-04

19 August 2020 King Santos

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DOLE-DTI Joint Memorandum Circular No. 20-04 Supplemental Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19

This Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) shall apply to all private establishments regardless of economic activity, including those located inside special economic zones and other areas under the jurisdiction of Investment Promotion Agencies (e.g. Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB), Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport (APECO, etc.)).

 

Workplace Safety and Health

Employers are required to implement all necessary workplace safety and health programs, including the following COVID-related programs, at no cost to the employees:

  1. Increase Physical and Mental Resilience 
    • Employers shall provide their employees with psychosocial support, especially those presenting mental health concerns. If this is not available, a referral system to mental health specialists must be in place, either through establishing a network with an accredited health facility, through telemedicine services, or through the National Center for Mental Health Crisis Hotline at 0917-899-8727 (0917-899- USAP) and (02) 7-989-8727 ((02)-7-989-USAP).
    • Employers shall likewise promote work-life balance, especially in these trying times through proper scheduling of activities and workforce rotation. 
    • Company policies on prevention and control of COVID-19 should be aligned with the existing minimum public health standards and guidelines issued by the DOH and other regulatory agencies.
 
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