MORE than 100,000 workers have been temporarily displaced after the entire Luzon island was locked down to contain a novel coronavirus outbreak, according to the Labor department.
In a report, the agency said 111,789 workers from more than 2,000 establishments had been affected by the contagion and government restrictions.
It said 2,317 companies with 108,620 workers had been enforcing flexible work arrangements and temporary closures, while 3,169 Filipino workers overseas had either returned home, were displaced or stranded because of travel restrictions.
Companies affected by the health crisis were from the manufacturing, hotel, food and other tourism-related sectors, according to the report.
Affected workers were the highest in the National Capital Region at 46,213, followed by Central Luzon with 21,964, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Batangas and Quezon) with 19,486 and Western Visayas with 12,470.
Other affected regions were Central Visayas (4,610 workers), Davao Region (1,989), Zamboanga Peninsula (1,033) and Soccsksargen (825). — Gillian M. Cortez