Dozens lose job as 2 Bacolod hotels temporarily close due to COVID-19

Yasmin Pascual-Dormido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 08 2020 04:29 PM

MANILA - Two hotels in Bacolod, Negros Occidental closed temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic, an industry leader said Thursday. 

The Planta Hotel and Residences and the Bacolod Business Inn have failed to get bookings since the province was locked down to contain cases of the respiratory disease in March, said Hotel and Restaurant Association of Negros Occidental director Roberto Magalona, quoting information from the 2 establishment's owner. 

The hotels gave a separation pay to its combined 160-strong work force, said their management. 

The management said it would offer to get the some of the workers as new hires when the hotels reopen. It was still studying how many employees they can re-hire. 
 
Flights that could bring tourists to the Negros Occidental have yet to restart under the least stringent lockdown level, the modified general community quarantine. 

"All the hotels have been complaining. At the rate of the situation now, it's very uncertain and even if they are allowed to open, who will stay in hotels?" said Magalono. 

The Philippines' unemployment rate jumped to a record 17.7 percent during the coronavirus lockdown, official data released last week showed. This jobless rate in April translates to a total 7.3 million unemployed Filipinos