Remote work tools, tips and other learning materials and resources to enrich digital literacy and build ICT knowledge for people working from home can now be accessed by government employees at the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) Work from Home website (wfh.gov.ph).
The website aims to be a resource to help government agencies continue with their work online for the duration of the public health emergency.
It features content that complements the continuing objective of the recently concluded National ICT Month 2020 to maximize ICT for the new normal through various digitalization initiatives, strategies and best practices.
President Rodrigo Duterte is steadfast in his directives to promote ICT-enabled work arrangements since the enactment of R.A. No. 11165 or the Telecommuting Act of 2018.
After the President’s June 30, 2020 announcement of the new quarantine classifications for the next two weeks, with the National Capital Region and select provinces remaining under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), and Cebu City under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), it is apparent that telecommuting remains a strategic alternative for both the public and private sector to consider and implement.
“The launch of wfh.gov.ph serves to support the President’s agenda of unhampered and efficient service to the people,” DICT Secretary Gregorio B. Honasan II said. “We encourage our government employees to visit the website and find the right resources to help guide them transition into a remote working lifestyle,” he added.
Among other content, the website features instructions on how government employees can avail of various telecommuting software for video conferencing, document processing, e-mail, and digital certificates.
It aims to help government employees manage the new virtual working environment in accordance with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) Memorandum Circular No. 10, s. 2020 that provides guidelines for implementing alternative work arrangements for government employees affected by the community quarantine.
The website is set to be updated regularly and was created at no additional cost to the government. Its creation complements the public health management measures of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) in its objectives to address the COVID-19 pandemic. (DICT)