DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte has appealed to the employers to cooperate with the local government unit and to start showing compassion to their employees as the country battles the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a statement sent to People’s Journal, Mayor Duterte asked the help of the private employers in providing assistance to the workers affected by community quarantine and the upcoming enhanced community quarantine.
“I strongly urge these employers to provide the most needed food assistance to their employees affected by the measures we have implemented and will implement in order to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus,” the presidential daughter said.
Instead of making donations to the local government, Mayor Duterte asked private companies to prioritize their employees.
“I appeal that you see through the plight of your workers, provide them with food assistance, and help them survive the crisis that swept through sectors and classes — but severely, those who barely make ends meet, including your workers,” she said.
Meanwhile, on the workers who are still allowed to report for duty during the ECQ, employers are requested to provide transportation to ferry their employees to and from work, with strict observation of proper distancing.
They are encouraged to commission public utility jeepneys and hire drivers left out of work because of COVID-19.
“The world did not expect COVID-19 to happen but it did — and it unleashed unprecedented havoc to all of us.,Now we all need to come together to ensure that the intervention of the local government of Davao will reach and cover all families in the city, particularly those who have less,” she said.
“By helping your workers, you are also helping the City Government of Davao reach out to more people who are in need of food assistance and others
In this way, we make sure that no one is out of food, that no Dabawenyo will starve until April 30, 2020,” the founder and chairperson of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP).