DOLE Advisory: Work Suspension in Private Sector Due to Calamity

This is the latest DOLE Memorandum regarding work suspension in private sector due to natural or man-made calamity.

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Labor Advisory No. 01 Series of 2020 | Work Suspension in Private Sector

Pursuant to Article 5 of the Labor Code of the Philippines, as amended, and Republic Act No. 11058, the following is issued:

Section 1. Suspension of Work

Except as provided for by law or appropriate proclamation, employers in the private sector shall, in the exercise of management prerogative and in coordination with the safety and health committee, or safety officer, or any other responsible company officer, suspend work to ensure safety and health of their employees during natural or man-made calamity.

Section 2. Payment of Wages

The following pay rules shall apply:

(a) If unworked – No pay, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on said day. When the employee has accrued leave credits, he/she may be allowed to utilize such leave so that he/she will have compensation in said days.

(b) If worked – No additional pay shall be given to the employees but only their salary on said day.

To alleviate the plight of employees in times of natural or man-made calamity, the employers may provide such extra incentives or benefits to employees who reported to work on the said days.

Section 3. No liability in Case of Failure or Refusal to Work

Employees who fail or refuse to work by reason of imminent danger resulting from natural or man-made calamity shall not be exposed to or subject to any administrative sanction.


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Copy of the Private Work Suspension Memo

DOLE Advisory on Private Work Suspension

Source: DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment


  1. Hi Ma’am/Sir..
    I’m a employee of hardware company.. in San Carlos City Negros Occidental.
    What if yong store na tinatrabahoan ko ay open hanggang ngayun… And where almost 60 employees.. and our city have already PMU & PUI..
    And for my safety purposes.. gusto kong pumasok dahil sayang ang salary per day.. pero naka taya nman ang buhay ng pamilya ko.. GUSTO KO SANANG UMABSENT, JUST TO SECURE AND SAFETY ANG PAMILYA KO…

    THANK YOU Ma’am/Sir.

  2. Kami po kaya na agency worker nagwowork kami sa pcppi plant kasama rin po ba kami kc nag stop po trabaho namin ng dahil sa covid-19?

  3. andami po namin katanungan sa emoloyer namin pero wala pong nasagot kapag nag tanung po kami sa supervisor hr daw po ang nakakaalam eh hindi naman po nasgot sa amin ang hr. nag shutdown po kami wala man lang pong memo na binaba sa amin po. anu pong dapat namin gawin po?

  4. ask ko na din po hanggang ngayon po pinapa pasok pa din po kami kahit lockdown na po yung planta namin. ask ko lang po kung hindi po ba kami pumasok pwede po ba kaming kasuhan ng awol at pwede po ba kaming tanggalin po?

  5. ask ko lang po sana kung hindi po aasikasuhin ng employer namin ang emergency finance na galing po sa inyo anu pong dapat namin gawin?

  6. Yung Bless microfinance wala parin action,
    Samantala po yung ibang microfinance company po pinauwi na mga empleyado at suspended na work nila, grabeh na company toh..

  7. Meron lang po ako concern, bakit po yung Bless microfinance onduty parin sila bukas tapos epapaField collection pa nila ang mga tao nila bukas, bakit ganun yung company po nila?
    Yung ginawa nlang ng kaibigan ko umuwi nlang sya ngayon kahit onduty sila bukas kasi nga baka magLockdown na yung ibang city at hindi na sya makauwi or baka wala na syang masakyan na bus pauwi sa kanila, saka delikado naman po yung epapakoleksyon pa sila kahit risky na nga mag labas2x, tsk tsk, sana maaksyunan po yung bless microfinance na kompanya na yan.

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