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