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Three million workers affected by returning Metro Manila to MECQ – group

A jeepney driver who lost livelihood amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak begs for financial support on a roadside in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 30, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) estimates that about three million workers will be affected by the decision to revert Mega Manila back to modified enhanced community quarantine status.

ECOP president Sergio Ortiz-Luis Jr. said on Tuesday, August 4, that around two to three million workers returned to work after the National Capital Region downgraded to general community quarantine.

However, these same number of workers will lose their jobs again because of the decision to intensify the community quarantine status in Metro Manila and four nearby provinces.

Iyan yung mga papasok na hindi na naman papasok,” Ortiz-Luis said during DZRH’s ACS Balita.

He also warned that the return of the Mega Manila area to modified enhanced community quarantine status took business owners by surprise, and they will have to rely assistance from the government to support their workers.

“We will just have to rely on the government on what they can do kasi sagad na yung mga kumpanya,” Ortiz-Luiz said.

90 percent ng mga enterprises na apektado riyan ay micro. 65 percent nung mga empleyado galing sa kanila. Iyon ang malaking problema riyan, at hindi ko alam kung anong gagawin,” he stressed.

Ortiz-Luiz said that workers will go out to the streets if they will not receive aid.

Mga dalawa o tatlong araw, may problema na kung hindi tutulungan iyan. Maraming riyan magugutom at kahit ano sasabihin mo, lalabas at lalabas iyan, maghahanap ng makakain,” he warned.

Following an appeal by medical groups for a two-week ‘time-out’, President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation to place Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan under MECQ starting Tuesday until August 18.

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