PHILIPPINES: Business leaders in the Philippines want the government to mandate employees be vaccinated against Covid-19 before they are able to return to their usual workplaces.
Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry acting president Edgardo Lacson said the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) should acknowledge it is the prerogative of employers in order to keep all of their staff and customers safe.
This came in reference to DOLE issuing advice against a ‘no vaccine, no work’ policy. The department advised that the practice would be considered discriminatory against employees who chose not to receive the vaccine.
The circular also encouraged the private sector to report employers that were implementing such rules.
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Ma said the private sector will have its own way of persuading its employees and therefore, will be successful.
“If employers focus on the fact that there could be less mobility for the unvaccinated, it will encourage the rest to get vaccinated. If the nation really wants to achieve herd immunity, everyone will need to get vaccinated,” he said.
Meanwhile, the nation’s president Rodrigo Duterte lengthened restrictions in the capital region as well as selected provinces as new record in cases were recorded over last weekend.