THE International Labor Organization (ILO) has warned that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be “far-reaching,” pushing millions of people, including Filipinos, to unemployment and underemployment.
In fact, ILO, an agency of the United Nations (UN), estimated that 25 million jobs could be lost globally as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, which continues to “terrorize” the Philippines and many other countries.
And “self-employment in developing countries, which often serves to cushion the impact of changes, may not do so this time because of the restrictions on the movement of people,” according to the ILO.
In the country, the UN agency projected that some 30,000 to 60,000 workers will be laid off following business closures.
But the government, through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and other agencies, is doing everything to meet the employment needs of the Filipino people amid the uncertainties.
Last week, the DOLE reported that job opportunities continue to abound in the country, with a big manufacturing company seeking its help to find some 3,000 workers for its plant in Laguna.
Labor Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III welcomed the job openings as a “silver lining” in the cloud of the dreaded COVID-19, which is threatening the employment of many workers.
Like other well-meaning Filipinos, we share the view of the Ilocano DOLE secretary that the good news is proof that there are still opportunities in adversities.
It is heartening to note that concerned government authorities have not shown any sign of backing off from their commitment to help members of the working class despite the COVID-19 scare.
Habang gumagawa ng paraan ang gobyerno para pangalagaan ang kalusugan ng taumbayan, hindi rin niya nakakalimutan ang kanyang tungkulin na bigyan ng trabaho ang ating mga manggagawa.