The government is determined to explore alternative work opportunities for local and overseas Filipino workers who will be displaced by the coronavirus-related global economic slowdown.
According to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, many Filipinos may lose their jobs but can still be re-deployed to other industries that will “flourish” even during the coronavirus pandemic.
The reintegration program of the displaced workers will form part of the contingency plans being readied by the government amid the adverse impact of the coronavirus on the economy and the people.
“Sa OFWs, well necessarily dahil global and worldwide pandemic ito, maaring maraming OFWs ang mawawalan ng trabaho so instead of deploying them abroad, ano ‘yung industriya na pwede natin silang ipasok so even in this worldwide global pandemic, even in the situation in COVID-19, may mga ibang industriya that will flourish, na aakyat, na aangat. (Because of the global pandemic, there will probably be many OFWs who will lose their jobs. So instead of deploying them abroad, there will be industries where we can redeploy them. There are other industries that will flourish and grow even in this worldwide global pandemic, even in the COVID-19 situation),” Nograles said during the virtual press conference Monday.
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