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Designing New Work Policies in the Post COVID-19 World

April 28, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Program Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic caught everybody by surprise as this once in a lifetime global health crisis has already spread to every continent in our planet, except Antarctica.  Currently, the disease continues to devastate some parts of Asia, Africa, America, and Europe despite the vaccine. Much more than a health crisis, COVID-19 has created unprecedented social, economic, and political concerns that will leave deep scars on all those affected. To address issues concerning the private sector, disrupted businesses in the Philippines resorted to implementing work from home arrangements, pay-cuts, and even retrenchment of employees due to severe business losses. On the other hand, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has issued several labor advisories and guidelines to govern workplace relations during the ongoing pandemic.

Unfortunately, most employers find it hard to draft and personalize their own “new normal” workplace policies to address the control and prevention of the COVID-19. Uncommon practices such as diminution of benefits and temporary suspension of employees have been resorted to by some employers to keep and save their employees and businesses. Employers likewise tend to have recourse to work from home arrangement policies without setting out clear and detailed guidelines, leaving the employees confused and unaware of their rights and responsibilities.

This session shall help employers identify the relevant areas and factors that should be considered in designing employment contracts covering flexible work arrangements. This training will allow employers to be flexible in managing their workers without resorting to layoffs and downsizing their workforce.

Program Objectives

At the end of the program participants will be able to:

  • Review the labor standards and how these standards shape the current government policy
  • Understand the application of latest department orders and labor advisories
  • Update company policies and guidelines consistent with existing rules and regulations of the Department of Labor and Employment.

Program Outline

  1. Work that falls under new work arrangements: What are the standards and what are alternative work arrangements
  2. Drafting company policies and guidelines; common practices and policies on enterprise level (its limitations) vs. labor standards, rules, and guidelines of DOLE.
  3. Social dialogue as a communication mechanism tool
  4. Managing alternative work arrangements
    • Time
    • Compensation
    • Output
    • Application of basic labor standards


3 hours per session, lecturette, group work and presentations

Target Participants

Participants who are in-charge of drafting company policies and procedures including its labor compliance team, this may include but not limited to Company President, CEO, Human Resources – Vice president, Human Resources Head, Human Resources Manager, Human Resource Consultant, Human Resources Generalist, Human Resource Industrial Relations Practitioners, Labor Lawyers, and others.

Program Schedule

April 23 and 28, 2021 9:00 am to 12:00 nn via Zoom and ECOP eCampus (2-day program)

Resource Speaker

Atty. Benedicto Ernesto R. Bitonio Jr.

Atty. Bitonio is a practicing lawyer, an independent consultant, and a professorial lecturer at the University of the Philippines. He is a subject matter expert on industrial relations, employment, labor law and regulation, public management, and development management and finance. He has done policy, management, legal and labor relations consulting in several national institutions and private companies in the Philippines including with the Employers Confederation of the Philippines, and in international organizations such as the International Labour  Organization (ILO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the ASEAN Trade Union Council. He has been a consultant on projects for strengthening industrial relations institutions in the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. He has broad knowledge of international labour standards and of labour and employment relations and economic integration issues in South East Asia and the Pacific. He is frequently invited to speak in national and international forums and has published articles and papers on labour and industrial relations.

Prior to engaging in private practice and consultancy, Atty. Bitonio served the Philippine government for twenty years, including as director of labor relations, assistant secretary and undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment; chairman of the National Labor Relations Commission; and executive vice president and chief development officer of the Development Bank of the Philippines and chief executive officer of the Industrial Guarantee and Loan Fund. In various years, he was Philippine government adviser/delegate to the annual International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, served as Philippine representative to the ILO Governing Body in 2004 to 2006, and chaired the Committee on Technical Cooperation in the ILC in 2006.

Atty. Bitonio obtained degrees in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines, and a Master in Public Management degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) during which he was also an executive fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is currently based in Metro Manila, where he also lives with his wife and daughter.

Program Fees

Regular Price/Non-member Rate: PhP4,000.00.00

All ECOP members are entitled to a member-rate discount using a coupon code. To get a code, kindly contact our Training Department at [email protected].

Important Notes

  1. The training slot is confirmed only upon receipt of payment. Only confirmed (paid) participants will be given access to the training.
  2. The registration fee must be paid not later than two (2) working days before the first session of the training.
  3. The speaker will make available learning materials that participants will use in this training program. It can be downloaded from our eCampus platform.
  4. The recorded video of the session will be uploaded in our eCampus platform after each training session.
  5. Participants will receive e-certificates after the training.


Deadline for Registration: April 20, 2021 (Tuesday)
Deadline for Payment: April 21, 2021 (Wednesday)

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April 28, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


via ZOOM


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