Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III


A total of 1,049,649 workers in the Philippines have been affected by economic inactivity due to the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)  announced Sunday.

Metro Manila posted the highest number of unemployment with 246,810 as of Saturday, April 11, according to DOLE.

Central Luzon followed with 179,875; Calabarzon with 99,178; Davao Region with 90,414; Cagayan Region with 75,819; Central Visayas with 51,150; Cordillera Region with 46,614; Northern Mindanao with 46,351; and Bicol Region with 41,322.

Western Visayas had 36,526 displaced workers, followed by Mimaropa with 30,721; Caraga,  26,981; Eastern Visayas, 24,940; Zamboanga Peninsula, 24,664; Ilocos Region, 17,378; and Soccsksargen, 11,536.

“I once again knock in the kind hearts of our employers, especially the conglomerates and big businesses,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

“Please extend further your generosity to your employees and workers. Your good-heart and compassion is a great help to the government,” he added.

The DOLE said 719,649 workers were displaced due to the temporary closure of 31,612 establishments. Meanwhile, another 10,224 enterprises implemented flexible work arrangements for 366,404 workers. (RJ Espartinez)