Voter's ID unnecessary for disinfection jobs during lockdown: labor dept

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Posted at Mar 26 2020 02:04 PM

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Daily wage earners who want to make a living during the monthlong lockdown of Luzon do not need a voter's ID to apply to join a government disinfection drive against the coronavirus epidemic, the labor department said Thursday. 

The 10-day gig will pay minimum wage and those interested should apply through their barangay officers, said Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay. 

"Hindi po kinakailangan ang voter's ID. Hindi po ito panahon ng eleksyon. Nananawagan din po tayo sa ating mga barangay officials na intindihin po natin na tayo po ay nasa krisis," she told DZMM. 

(A voter's ID is not needed. This is not an election period. We are asking our barangay officials to understand that we are in the middle of a crisis. 

The program is open for the informal sector or those who do not have employers, including public utility drivers, laundrywomen, vendors and the like, she said. 

Only one member of a household can join the program that will allot 200 slots for every barangay, said Tutay. 

The program has rolled out in parts of Metro Manila like Quezon City and Valenzuela, and will soon be replicated in provinces, said the official. 

The Philippines as of Wednesday confirmed 38 deaths and 26 patients who recovered out of its total 636 cases of the respiratory disease. The tally is expected to spike with the arrival of more test kits, the health department earlier said. 

The entire Luzon, home to around half of the Philippines' 100 million people, is under lockdown until April 12 to contain the pandemic.