In a report by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), an estimated three million workers are affected by the recent COVID pandemic. A total of 3,023,587 workers have reportedly loss income as well as employment due to the global health emergency. This is after 107,148 establishments temporarily closed or have adopted flexible work arrangements following the pandemic.
Of the total number of affected workers – 1,993,314 workers were affected due to the temporary closure of their respective establishments whilst 1,160,663 were affected due to flexible working arrangements. DOLE also reports that a total of 5,672 establishments have permanently closed.
According to DOLE, the most affected industries are those involved in administrative and support services, which accounted for 25% of displaced workers.
In terms of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), the agency has repatriated 95,702 workers since the pandemic began – as Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III assured the government that the agency will exhaust all measures to help displaced workers to regain the jobs that they lost abroad. Read more: More than 3 million workers affected by pandemic – DOLE, an article by Philippine Star.
Moreover, OFWs seeking assistance soared to 572,442.