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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, April 14, 2020
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36,526 workers in WV displaced
BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

 

Displaced workers due to the coronavirus disease 2019 in Western Visayas already reached 36,526, the Department of Labor and Employment said.

    A DOLE report showed that the number of displaced workers in the country breached the one million mark, with close to 42,000 business establishments applying for the P5,000 one-time assistance from the department under its Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program.

    As of April 11, the highest number of displaced workers was recorded in Metro Manila with 246,810, followed by Central Luzon with 179,875, Calabarzon - 99,178, Davao region - 90,414, and Region 2 with 75,189 affected employees.

    In Central Visayas, its displaced workers reached 51,150, Cordillera region with 46,614, Region 10 - 46,351, and Bicol region - 41,322.

    The areas with least affected workers are Region 1 with 17,378, and Region 12 with 11,536.

    The DOLE said the temporary closure of about 31,612 establishments affected 719,649 workers in the country, while 10,224 enterprises resort to flexible work arrangements that affected 366,404 employees.

    Flexible work arrangements include reduction of workdays, work rotation, forced leave, and work from home or telecommuting.

    The majority of those workers belong to manufacturing, hotel, restaurants and tourism-related sectors, and education, the DOLE said.

    In Western Visayas, P36.225 million was already released by DOLE as financial assistance for 7,245 private sector workers from 376 establishments.

    Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III had appealed to businesses to continue paying their workers even if they were unable to work due to the enhanced community quarantine imposed by government to stop the spread of Covid-19.*

 

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