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DOLE appeals to companies for employment extension of workers amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday appealed to companies to extend the employment of their employees, as establishments continue to express plans for total closures or lay-offs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Dumating na po paunti-unti 'yung kinatatakutan natin na 'yun pong mga establishments na nag-report po sa atin ng flexible work arrangements o kaya temporary closure, ngayon po ay meron nang mga nagbabadya na talagang tuluyan silang magsasara dahil napakalaki po ng naging epekto sa kanila ng COVID-19," DOLE Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay said in a Dobol B sa News TV interview.

DOLE said economic recovery packages for affected employees are already up for hearing in Congress.

"Kaya kung kakayanin pa po na ma-extend 'yung desisyon bago po tayo magsara, kung pupuwedeng magawa po natin," Tutay said.

DOLE had already given out around P441 million worth of cash assistance to employees across the country who are not able to go to work due to quarantine measures of the government.

The DOLE has been implementing a number of programs, including the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged or Displaced Workers (TUPAD), a community-based package assistance providing emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed, and seasonal workers for a minimum of 10 days but not more than 30 days.

The Philippines has also unveiled a P51-billion aid package for middle class workers employed by small businesses affected by COVID-19.—AOL, GMA News