111,000 PH Workers Affected By COVID-19 Outbreak

More than 111,000 workers employed by at least 2,300 business enterprises have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Department of Labor and Employment.

The DOLE said 30,800 workers were displaced after 600 establishments suspended their operations after the government declared a lockdown in the entire Luzon island to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Some 41,300 workers employed in 889 establishments were also forced to follow flexible work arrangements, such as reduced workdays, rotation of workers or forced leaves. The DOLE said most of these workers were in the manufacturing, hotel, restaurant and tourism-related sectors.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III earlier called on companies to think of alternative work arrangements rather than close shop or retrench workers. Majority of the affected workers are in Luzon, where an enhanced community quarantine has been imposed since last week.

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