About five million Filipinos lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said, citing his agency’s official records.
The Social Weather Stations survey that estimated 12.7 million Filipinos were without jobs in the fourth quarter of 2020 was correct “in a way” but was not completely accurate, said Bello.
He added, “Ang record namin as of December, umaabot lamang po ng mga around a little less than five million.”
Bello noted the SWS survey must have included those who were “temporarily terminated” or those who will be re-hired by their companies after six months, and also those who were affected by “flexible working arrangements.”
He said there were about three million employees who were temporarily terminated and some four million whose working hours were reduced due to flexible working arrangements.
The DOLE currently has about 16 billion pesos to assist those who lost their jobs.