DOLE-7 Provides Livelihood Training for Retrenched MEPZ Workers
DOLE-7 announced in a press release that at least 26 employees affected by the extensive lay-off in MEPZ last September will be trained in livelihood skills, such as pastry and bread making.
DOLE-7 Director Salome Siaton states that “Equipping these workers with new skills is necessary so that they will be able to cope with the needs of the changing times, thereby making them ready and able in the so-called new normal.”
The livelihood training will start on November 3 and is in coordination with Lapu-Lapu City’s Livelihood Training Center and the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA).
According to DOLE, a minimum of 4,000 workers from at least five firms working in the economic zone (ecozone) have been retrenched due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The initial count of the affected employees had reached 5,600 but DOLE-7 claimed that their intervention brought the numbers down to approximately 4,400.
Such intervention resulted from negotiating with the overall Human Resources Manager of MEPZ to reconsider the number of affected workers.
DOLE-7 assured that they were closely monitoring the development to ensure that no labor violations were committed and appointed labor officers to oversee the implementation of the lay-offs.
The lay-offs took effect on October 4 and were implemented by Global Wear Manufacturing, Metro Wear, Inc., Feeder Apparel Corporation, Vertex One Apparel Philippines, Inc., and Mactan Apparels, Inc.