Gov’t ready to help 5K retrenched Cordillera workers

The Department of Labor and Employment in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR) on Friday urged the more than 5,000 workers displaced due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic to go to their respective Public Employment and Services Office (PESO).


DOLE-CAR regional director Exequiel Roni Guzman said there were already 5,136 workers in the region who have been affected by the temporary and permanent closure of establishments in the region.


He said there were five which have declared permanent closure affecting 29 workers while 59 business firms have reported partial cessation or slowdown of operation affecting 5,107 workers.


The slowdown led to the retrenchment of some of the workers on the basis of redundancy. Most of the establishments are based in the city.


“We have job matching and job fairs through the PESO,” he said.


Guzman also said the business process outsourcing (BPOs) are now hiring, especially for “work from home” mode, which can be a source of livelihood after people have been dismissed from their jobs.


He said they are asking the business firms who have submitted their intent to close or partially cease talking to the workers for possible flexible work arrangements than lose employment.


He cited Texas Instrument Philippines (TIP) at the Economic Zone in Loakan which started implementing a flexible work arrangement because the company does not want to remove employees.


TIP produces micro-chips for cellular telephones, which are among the country’s export products.


In the case of Moog Controls, also at the Economic Zone in Loakan, they laid off 524 employees for redundancy.


Moog is the manufacturer of airplane parts which is also among the country’s exports. Retrenched employees are one-third of the total workforce of the international firm based in the city.


He said the company slowed down after airline companies worldwide ceased operation due to quarantine rules applied by countries and local governments.


“Their volume of production slowed down and they had to separate workers to save the company and the investment they have already put in place. Instead of closing, they opted for separation of some workers,” he said.


He said Moog has partnered with Sitel, a BPO company also at the economic zone, for the launch of a jobs fair.


Guzman expressed confidence that with establishments gradually opening, those that slowed down will return to their usual operation.


Based on record from the Cordillera Regional Task Force for the Covid-19 special committee on North Luzon Growth Quadrangle, the region has estimated a total loss of PHP18.6 billion with the productive sector recording the highest losses at PHP11.28 billion. (PNA)


Source: Philippines News Agency

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