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In brief

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued Joint Advisory No. 20-01, Series of 2020, or the “Implementation of New Policy Directions as the Country’s Policy Shifts from Total Risk Avoidance to Risk Management and on the Further Re-opening of the Economy” (Joint Advisory).

Adjustment of Curfew Hours

Local government units are enjoined to ease curfew hours, e.g., from midnight up to 4:00 AM, and implement the same in accordance with the applicable local ordinance.

Implementation of Multiple and Staggered Work Shifts

Business establishments are enjoined to adopt multiple and staggered work shifts, such as scheduling the start of work at 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, etc. This is to allow more workers to report to work while maintaining physical distancing, easing the demand for public transportation, and decongesting the roads. However, employers are still encouraged to implement work-from-home and other flexible work arrangements.


Eliseo Zuñiga, Jr. is a partner in the Employment and Dispute Resolution Practice Groups. He is also a member of the Industrial, Manufacturing & Telecommunications and the Healthcare industry groups in Manila. He has 19 years of experience advising clients on general employment issues, employee termination, executive compensation, benefits transfers and terminations, and general litigation. He actively participates as a speaker and presenter in various regional and local seminars and conferences on labor and employment-related issues. He serves as a Chairperson of the People Management Association of the Philippines’ Labor Policy Reforms and Industrial Relations Committee and Co-Chairperson of the European Chamber of Commerce Human Capital Committee. He has been cited as a Leading Individual in Employment by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2019-2020) and the Chambers Asia Pacific (2018-2020).


Rosalyn Ruth Anuncio is a member of Quisumbing Torres’ Employment Practice Group, advising clients on general employment matters. Prior to joining Quisumbing Torres, she worked in a law firm specializing in maritime labor law, representing protection and indemnity clubs in China, Greece, Japan, Korea, Norway, Sweden and the UK.