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DOLE: More than 2M workers affected by COVID-19 crisis

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) wearing protective masks walk towards the departure entrance of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City, Feb. 18, 2020. REUTERS

More than two million workers have been displaced following the government’s enhanced community quarantine order to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

In a statement, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that as of April 24, the number of affected workers reached 2,073,362, as reported by 79,271 establishments.

The temporary closures of businesses displaced almost 1.4 million workers, DOLE stated.

Meanwhile, more than 687,000 workers saw a reduction in their incomes after companies adopted alternative work arrangements such as fewer workdays, rotation, forced leave, and telecommuting.

The DOLE tally of displaced workers per region is as follows:

  • National Capital Region: 687,634
  • Central Luzon: 281,278
  • Davao Region: 207,789
  • Calabarzon: 158,646
  • Region 10: 106,162
  • Region 2: 88,531
  • Central Visayas: 86,767
  • MIMAROPA: 74,533
  • Region 6: 65,892
  • Bicol region: 65,757
  • CAR: 63,957
  • Region 8: 49,362
  • CARAGA: 39,711
  • Region 9: 37,683
  • Region 1: 32,017
  • Region 12: 27,643

According to DOLE, it already distributed PHP 1.7 billion from its regular funds in order to finance its one time PHP 5,000 assistance under CAMP for 345,865 formal sector workers.

The department also disbursed PHP 1.14 billion from the department’s 2020 budget for the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko (TUPAD) program which benefitted 259,449 informal sector workers.

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