Gov't to help displaced Ford workers

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 28 2012 03:36 PM | Updated as of Jun 29 2012 03:19 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Palace said the government will help employees who will be displaced by the closure of US automaker Ford's assembly plant in the Philippines.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has formed a quick response team composed of the DOLE, TESDA and the Department of Trade and Industry to assist the employees.

Lacierda said 250 employees in the assembly plant would be affected while those in sales would be maintained.
According to Lacierda, no notice of closure yet has been filed with the DOLE.
"The quick response team will ensure that in the event that notice of closure has been filed with the DOLE, this quick response team will ensure that full separation benefits will be provided," Lacierda said.

"We are also going to help the affected employees, the displaced employees, as to what their plans are. If they wish to work in the same industry, we will be looking for employment for them. If they wish to work in another industry and that would require retraining of their skills, TESDA will be there to provide the retraining. If assuming some of them would be receiving hefty separation benefits and if they wish to go to business, DTI will be there in to help them in developing their entrepreneurial skills," he added. 
Ford on Wednesday announced it is closing its only car assembly plant in the country in 2013. 

The company said its workers are given the option of joining overseas plants or become part of the sales company.