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The Labor department reports that of the 3.5 million displaced workers, 1.5 million were temporarily displaced.
The Department of Labor and Employment reports on Thursday that some 3.5 million workers were displaced due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
In PTV’s Laging Handa Public Briefing held on October 15, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said only around 300,000 workers are displaced permanently, while 1.5 million workers are temporarily displaced.
“Only less than 300,000 ang na-displace permanently, ibig sabihin nito nagsara na ‘yung employer. Pero doon sa 3.5 million, meron tayong 1.5 million na na-displace pero temporary," Bello said.
Additionally, Bello said that those temporarily displaced should have been hired last September 30, but some employers asked for a six-month extension for the rehiring process of workers who got temporarily terminated.
On-site work operations were suspended for several workers when the government imposed a Luzon-wide lockdown in March in order to control the further spread of the coronavirus. The lockdown measures enforced stringent stay-at-home orders.
In the following months, the government eased the community quarantine measures in some areas, including Metro Manila. Some businesses were allowed to operate with minimum capacity eventually.
In order to help the laborers affected by the pandemic, DOLE has provided cash subsidy through its COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program or CAMP, which provided workers with 5,000 pesos financial assistance.