Solon on 11,000 ABS-CBN workers at risk: For every job vacancy, 10 applicants wait


Posted at Jul 09 2020 03:23 PM | Updated as of Jul 09 2020 04:20 PM

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A lawmaker on Thursday highlighted the difficulty of finding a job during the coronavirus pandemic, as 11,000 ABS-CBN workers faced the possibility of getting unemployed while Congress deliberated the network's application for a fresh franchise. 

"Bago ang pandemya, madami na pong trabaho ang kailangan, madami pong unemployed. Ngayon pong pandemya, lalo na po," said Parañaque Second District Rep. Joy Myra Tambunting. 

"Mabakante nga ang isang trabaho, 10 tao ang nakaabang," she told ABS-CBN's TeleRadyo. 

(Before the pandemic, many already needed jobs, many are unemployed. With the pandemic, there are even more. Even if one job becomes vacant, there will be 10 applicants waiting on it.) 

The Philippines' unemployment rate jumped to a record 17.7 percent during the coronavirus lockdown, official data released last month showed. The jobless rate in April translates to a total 7.3 million unemployed Filipinos, National Statistician Claire Dennis Mapa said. 

Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa earlier Thursday said ABS-CBN workers should just find other jobs if the lawmakers reject its franchise application. 

The House franchise and good government committees on Thursday re-convened to hear the summation of arguments for and against the network before lawmakers vote on whether or not to give ABS-CBN a fresh license. 

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TeleRadyo, July 9, 2020 is the official news website of ABS-CBN Corp.