Over a million Filipinos have lost their jobs because of the enhanced community quarantine declared in Luzon due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
Data from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) showed that most of the affected were displaced by the temporary closure of about 31,612 establishments involving 719,649 workers, with another 10,224 enterprises resorting to flexible work arrangements which include reduction of workdays, work rotation, forced leave and work from home or telecommuting affecting 366,404 workers.
Majority of those workers belong to manufacturing, hotel, restaurants and tourism-related sectors, and education.
Most of the displaced workers came from Metro Manila with about 246,810 individuals, followed by Central Luzon at 179,875; Calabarzon with 99,178; Davao region at 90,414 and Region 2 with 75,189; followed by Central Visayas with 51,150; Cordillera region at 46,614 and Region 10 with 46,351 and the Bicol region with 41,322.
Region 6 recorded 36,526 with MIMAROPA at 30,721 workers. The areas with the least affected workers are CARAGA at 26,981; Region 8 at 24,940; Region 9 with 24,664; Region 1 at 17,378 and Region 12 at 11,536.
DOLE said some 42,000 business establishments have applied to the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) so their employees can receive a one-time assistance of P5,000. The agency aims to help some 322,000 displaced workers with a budget of P1.61 billion.