MANILA - Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has warned establishments and employers in Boracay Island against terminating their employees during the six-month closure of the island starting April 26.
In an advisory issued last Friday, Bello said "temporary suspension of business operations should not and must not result in the termination or separation of any employee."
He also said employers may only observe the "no work, no pay" policy or require their employees to go on forced leave by utilizing their available leave credits.
"Employees are expected to be recalled back to work upon the lifting of the temporary closure of Boracay island," Belo added.
Belo earlier said the labor department will extend assistance to affected workers in the island. He also said some 5,000 informal sector workers and members of the indigenous community will be employed in the clean-up of the island.
The Department of Labor and Employment has set aside an initial P60 million for emergency employment assistance.