A total of 14,668 civil servants from the different Central Government institutions and decentralized instances, took up the teleworking modality after the new coronavirus COVID-19 entered Costa Rica.
These almost 15 thousand people represent 26.8% of the total of male and female officers (54,654) reported by the institutions that sent their reports to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security on Tuesday, March 17.
The previous Monday, President Carlos Alvarado, and the Ministers of Health, Daniel Salas, and of Labor and Social Security, Geannina Dinarte Romero, issued Presidential Directive No. 073-S-MTSS, in which the leaders of the each institution to take the necessary actions to implement teleworking. The directive became effective on March 10, 2020 when it was published in Scope No. 41 of the Official Gazette.
The Minister of Labor and Social Security, Geannina Dinarte Romero, recognized the commitment shown by this large number of officials to accept this modality and thus minimize the chances of contagion in the country, also stressed the importance of continuing to increase the number of people teleworking since only having that distance we can control the spread of the virus.
“We know that the private sector is also implementing this modality and we call on employers to enable them to facilitate this type of work in companies and to look for other alternatives for those positions that are not teleworkable, such as granting or advancing vacations,” added.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MTSS) began circulating this Tuesday a guide for the implementation of telework in the public sector as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The information consists of general recommendations to expedite the implementation of telework in the preventive circumstance in which the country finds itself.
On the MTSS website there is a telework section (http://www.mtss.go.cr/elministerio/despacho/teletrabajo.html) with a series of documents that will facilitate the application of this modality, including a proposal temporary contract that will be in force during the alert period by COVID-19.
According to the data provided by the institutions, the Costa Rican Electricity Institutes is the entity that reports the most teleworkers with 3,861 people, followed by the National Bank with 1,756 people and the National Insurance Institute with 1,247 people. As far as Ministries are concerned, the one with the most people is the Ministry of Public Education with 632 people, followed by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport with 504 people and the Ministry of Labor and Social Security with 480 people.
In addition to these data, three private companies submitted their reports to the MTSS for a total of 58 people under this modality.