Guidelines for the Operations by PEZA-registered Enterprises

Thus, in PEZA Advisory dated 20 March 2020, PEZA-registered BPOs and export-oriented companies that continue to operate are advised:

  1. Of their unhampered movement of ecozone cargoes and ecozone company vehicles ferrying workers within the immediate vicinity even after the March 20 deadline, unless revoked by the IATF;
  2. Quarantine measures (work from home, skeleton force on site, provision of housing for workers inside or near the zone, social distancing, use of shuttle services, physical distancing, provision of face masks and other protective equipment) shall be strictly complied with.
  3. Ecozone workers on board company shuttle must be ready to present at PNP-LGU checkpoints valid company ID, proof of residence, and proof of employment.
  4. PEZA certifications/vehicle stickers/place cards indicating ecozone destination shall be distributed to qualified locators after due vetting by respective Zone Administrator/Manager/Officer-in-Charge of their strict compliance with the quarantine measures.
  5. Ecozone workers need not present separate IATF IDs.

In PEZA MC No. 2020 – 016 dated 23 March 2020, PEZA-registered companies that decide to remain operational as well as PEZA-registered Ecozone Developers/Operators are further advised to immediate implement COVID-19 prevention measures such as:

  1. Ecozone developers shall regularly disinfect the economic zone’s premises.
  2. Registered enterprises shall also regularly disinfect their premises especially the production area. Strict social distancing shall be implemented. Zone Administrators and Zone Managers shall ensure compliance by registered enterprises.
  3. Work from home arrangement, maintaining a skeleton workforce on site, provision of housing for the workers either inside or near the zone, social distancing, and use of shuttle services to ferry the employees shall be strictly implemented. Everyone must observe physical distancing, thermal scanning, provision of face masks and other protective equipment for employees and provision of alcohol, sanitizers and frequent sanitizing of the workplace. If possible, doctors and nurses should be available in the ecozones.
  4. Implement measures for quarantine of registered enterprises’ skeletal workforce in anticipation of the LGUs declaration of shutdowns/lockdowns to avoid contamination of ecozone premises and assure the continued operation of registered enterprises.
  5. Registered enterprises are encouraged to develop an Infectious Disease and Response Plan or Business Continuity Plan.
  6. An Ecozone-Wide Emergency Response Plan should be implemented.
  7. Registered enterprises are enjoined to constantly monitor the website of PEZA and other relevant government agencies for new advisories and information.

Pursuant to the Department of Labor and Employment’s Department Order No. 209 series of 2020, PEZA issued Memorandum Circular No. 2020 – 015 dated 19 March 2020 providing guidelines on the adjustment measures for affected workers due to COVID-19.

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