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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 the head of Quisumbing Torres' Dispute Resolution Practice Group and a member of the Employment Practice Group. He is also a member of the Industrial, Manufacturing & Telecommunications and the Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Groups. He has over 20 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 served as a Chairperson of the People Management Association of the Philippines’ Labor Policy Reforms and Industrial Relations Committee and is currently the Co-Chairperson of the European Chamber of Commerce Human Capital Committee. He has been consistently cited as a Leading Individual for Employment by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2019-2023), Band 3 for Labor and Employment by the Chambers Asia Pacific (2018-2023), Litigation Star for Labor and Employment by Benchmark Litigation (2019 to 2023) and Notable Practitioner for Labor and Employment by asialaw Leading Lawyers (2020 to 2022). Eliseo is also recognized as a thought leader in the 2021 Q3 Lexology Legal Influencers for the Future of legal services - Asia-Pacific.


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.