MANILA-- The government will put up a one-stop shop for job seekers and retrenched workers in Metro Manila, including those from ABS-CBN Corp, Malacañang announced Thursday as jobs of millions of Filipinos remain at risk due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The plan was disclosed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III during a phone call, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
"Tinawagan ko na po si Sec. Bello, magkakaroon po siya ng one-stop-shop center para po sa NCR at para po sa ABS-CBN para makapag-apply po doon ang ma-re-retrench na mga empleyado ng ABS-CBN," Roque said in a Palace press briefing.
(I called Sec. Bello, there will be a one-stop-shop center for NCR and for ABS-CBN so that their workers who will be retrenched can apply there.)
"Ito ay para bigyan ng pagkakataon yung mawawalan ng trabaho sa ABS-CBN pero it will be open to everyone hindi lang sa ABS-CBN," he added.
(This is to give retrenched workers of ABS-CBN an opportunity but this is not exclusive for them.)
The labor department will also have a "job referral system" and might also hold a job fair.
ABS-CBN Corp on Wednesday said it would begin its retrenchment program on August 31 after Congress denied to grant the media conglomerate a fresh broadcast franchise.
The media giant and its subsidiaries have over 11,000 workers.
The network's announcement of retrenchment comes just as millions of Filipinos remained jobless.
Unemployment soared in April to 17.7 percent which translates to around 7.3 million jobless Filipinos based on government data.
Analysts have predicted more job losses this year as the pandemic persists.
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