Over 2 million workers lose jobs as COVID-19 quarantine measures continue – DOLE

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 26)— More than two million workers nationwide have been displaced as local governments continue to implement COVID-19 quarantine measures, the Labor Department said Sunday.

Citing data from its regional offices, DOLE said around 2,073,362 workers have lost their jobs as of April 24. Of this number, around 1.4 million were displaced due to temporary closures of establishments, while over 600,000 personnel reported reduced incomes due to modified working arrangements (fewer workdays, rotation, forced leave, and telecommuting.)

Metro Manila recorded the highest displacement figure anew with 687,634 affected workers. Central Luzon came in second with 281,278 affected workers, followed by Davao Region which listed 207,789 personnel.

Calabarzon, where a number of big industries are located, reported 158,646 displaced workers, while Region 10 or Northern Mindanao has 106,162 affected workers.

The enhanced community quarantine in the capital region and other COVID-19 high-risk areas has been extended until May 15 amid a continuous spike in the number of people who contract the infectious coronavirus.

DOLE earlier rolled out cash assistance programs to cover those affected by government measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Last week, the department said it has stopped accepting applications for the COVID Adjustment Measures Program, saying that funding is "very close to being depleted.”

However, it noted that officials are working closely with other agencies as well as Congress for an "immediate alternative program" that will assist other personnel.

To date, the Philippines has recorded 7,294 cases of the viral disease, including 494 fatalities and 792 recoveries.