CEBU CITY, Nov. 9 (PIA) -- A total of 54,776 workers from 2,354 establishments in Central Visayas were displaced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was disclosed by Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Teresa Doria Tanquiamco of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) during the Dagyaw 2020 Virtual Open Townhall Meeting “Usapang Lokal: Ugnayang Trabaho” held Nov. 5, 2020.
Tanquiamco said that based on the Displacement Monitoring Report, there were 100 establishments in the region that closed permanently as of Oct. 11, 2020, resulting in 1,922 displaced workers, while there were 529 establishments that closed temporarily and displaced workers totaling to 11,272.
The establishments that closed temporarily will stop paying their workers in a span of six months, but if they still could not reopen after the six-month period, they are already considered closed, explained Tanquiamco.
During the same period, a total of 890 establishments retrenched and reduced their workforce, displacing a total of 16,297 workers.
The DOLE-7 official also reported that 835 establishments opted to adopt flexible work arrangements or an alternative work scheme for their workers, resulting in 25,285 displaced workers.
Tanquiamco bared that DOLE has recently received the funds under Bayanihan To Recover As One Act of 2020 for the department to implement recovery programs addressing the formal and informal displaced workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. (jsme/PIA7/Cebu)