THE Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, September 16, 2022, batted for the retention of the work-from-home (WFH) arrangements despite the continued easing of restrictions relative to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

In a press briefing, DOH Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said they are in favor of workers still under WFH arrangements even as the economy seeks to continue its recovery.

"We agree to this (continued WFH arrangement) as there are many studies all over the world showing work-from-home arrangements as being beneficial," said Vergeire.

"The DOH is all for this," she added.

Vergeire said one reason is because such working arrangement can help prevent further transmission of the virus.

"This will prevent further transmission of Covid-19, not just COVID-19 but other diseases as well," she said.

The health official added such arrangements helped people find balance amid the pandemic.

"These work-from-home arrangements have helped individuals find balance mentally, physically," said Vergeire.

She urged companies to continue implementing such a policy as long as it does not hamper their operations.

"If they can work and be similarly productive at home, we hope they will continue to be allowed to work at home. The DOH is all for that," said Vergeire.

Former presidential adviser for entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion earlier pushed for allowing more employees to work on-site instead of their homes.

Concepcion said making more people go to workplaces will help stir the country's economy. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)