Over 100,000 Pinoy Workers Affected by Global Financial Crisis since October 2008 - DoLE

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Over 100,000 Pinoy Workers Affected by Global Financial Crisis since October 2008 - DoLE


As the global financial crisis continues to take its toll on the country’s companies, the number of affected Filipino workers reached 104,284 from October 2008 to February this year, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) yesterday. Teresa Peralta, officer-in-charge of DoLE’s Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES), said the displacement of workers as a result of the downturn posted an increase from 40,191 to 52,543 during the five-month period.She also said a higher figure of people being forced to work in shorter working hours was likewise recorded by the government, which went up to the 50,000 level as of February 27.  Some 34,135 Filipinos, mostly in export-oriented and electronic industries, reportedly lost their jobs in the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) region, while Central Luzon came next with 5,250.In overseas employment, the BLES data showed that 6,366 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) fell out from their jobs abroad, but some 3,705 of them have been assisted by the government through livelihood projects, job referrals, and legal aid.Taiwan, the most affected, retrenched 4,197 workers, followed by the construction and service sector in United Arab Emirates (UAE) with 1,312, Canada with 180, Macau with 164, and Brunei with 112.Still on the updates of displacement abroad, there are 40 hotel workers to be hired in a Singapore company, 36 OFWs returned to same employer in Taiwan, and 50 more are awaiting their respective visas.

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