An official of the regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE 11) announced that more workers have lost their jobs as establishments continue laying off amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
DOLE 11 regional director Ofelia Domingo said that as of July 15, 2020, there have been 10,651 workers who were terminated by their employers. She said this number is collated from the 510 establishments that provided DOLE 11 with their termination report.
“Medyo lumalaki siya and that is only as of July 15, 2020,” she said.
Domingo said majority of the workers terminated are coming from the administrative and support services that includes security agencies, BPOs, and manpower agencies.
DOLE 11 has extended assistance to the displaced workers through DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP), which seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce the vulnerability to risks of the working poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers either through emergency employment, and promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises.
“We already requested for funding from DBM but I cannot specify kung magkano yun,” said Domingo.
During the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Davao Region, DOE 11 has assisted terminated employees via TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers, which is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed.
With the looming Bayanihan 2 bill that allotted P140 billion as a “standby fund” for the government’s pandemic response and economic recovery efforts, DOLE has proposed an employment recovery plan that is anchored on the concept of “Balik-Probinsiya” and will continue and enhance the implementation of the TUPAD program for the next three months to employ “returnees” and those in the barangays.
“We are tapping the emergency employment of three months with a minimum wage. This will target informal workers of “Balik-Probinisya”, however, we are still looking forward sa approval ng request namin for funding sa DBM,” Domingo said.