3.8M workers, over 550K OFWs displaced by COVID-19 pandemic

MANILA, Philippines — Around 3.8 million local workers and over 550,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have so far been displaced by the pandemic, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Thursday.

During a year-end press conference, DOLE Assistance Secretary Dominique Tutay said the 3.8 million workers are composed of employees who were either retrenched, permanently displaced, or “undergoing flexible work arrangements,” as well as those who were affected by the temporary closure of their workplace.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that DOLE has utilized over P3 billion to assist658,886 private-sector workers under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program …

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