MANILA, Nov 13 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday said it will issue the guidelines in connection with the new directive of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) in the coming days.

DOLE spokesperson Rolly Francia is certain that the necessary order is currently being prepared.

“That (order) just came out earlier. I am sure the appropriate focal or agency involved in crafting is already preparing the necessary advisory or department order. I am sure before the IATF issues such a resolution, it went through technical working groups…The DOLE is part of the technical working group with respect to the policy. I am certain we were consulted on that aspect,” he said in a virtual forum.

When asked when they expect the department to issue the policy, since the new directive on voluntary vaccination is effective by December 1, he said it will be “in the next few days.”

“The guidelines will go through us. So it will be on our end before that is implemented. It will have to go through the formulation of guidelines coming from the department,” Francia added.

On Friday, Malacañang announced that public and private sector employees who will report to work on-site are required to be vaccinated starting next month.

Covered by the new directive are eligible workers in areas where there are sufficient supplies of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine.

Employees that are unvaccinated have to undergo regular RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) testing, or antigen tests, to be shouldered by them. (MNS)

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