3.4-M workers displaced by COVID-19

Published October 27, 2020, 5:11 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

The number of workers that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic rose further to 3.4 million.


From 3.3 million last October 12, the total number of workers displaced by the pandemic is now at 3,447,931 as of Oct 25.

The latest Job Displacement Monitoring Report of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) released Tuesday, said these workers were affected following the implementation of flexible work arrangements (FWAs) and temporary closure (TC) of 121,909 establishments from March 2020 to present.

Of the 121, 909 establishments, 36,851 implemented FWAs affecting 1,488,285 workers.

The 86,954 establishments that implemented temporary closure, on the other hand, affected 2,094,036 workers.

The report also showed that a total of 285,650 workers have been displaced nationwide from 17,300 establishments from January 2020 to present.

Majority of the said establishments or 15,549 reduced workforce affecting 256,285 workers in the process.

The 1,751 establishments that permanently closed affected 29,365 workers.

The National Capital Region registered the most number of displaced workers in the country with 152,951 followed by CALABARZON with 44,634 and Central Luzon with 27,808.

The number of displaced workers in other areas are: Central Visayas with 26,596; Western Visayas with 5,984; Cordillera Administrative Region with 5,712; Davao Region with 4,140; Northern Mindanao with 4,059; Ilocos Region with 3,117; Soccsksargen with 2,490; Eastern Visayas with 1,860; Cagayan Valley with 1,840; Bicol Region with 1,567;  Caraga with 1,378; MIMAROPA with 1,248; and Zamboanga Peninsula with 267.

According to DoLE, in terms of establishment size, majority of the establishment which adopted FWAs were small enterprises at 16,520. 

A greater number of establishments under micro enterprises implemented TC at 46,971.

As to retrenchment, the labor department said it was mostly observed in small enterprises at 4,305.

A higher number of incidence of permanent closure was noted in micro enterprises at 646.