By Leslie Ann Aquino
The number of displaced workers due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has breached the 1-million mark, the Department of Labor and Employment said.
Citing reports from their regional offices, the labor department said some 1,048,649 workers in the formal sector were either affected by temporary closures or flexible work arrangements.
DOLE said the figure is on top of the close to quarter of a million informal sector workers needing assistance under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers Program-Barangay Ko, Bahay ko (TUPAD-BKBK) program.
According to the labor department, as of April 11, Metro Manila has recorded the highest displacement with about 246,810 workers.
The DOLE said 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.
It added that majority of the workers belong to manufacturing, hotel, restaurants and tourism-related sectors, and education.