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Curbs thwart jobs rehab

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Some 400,000 to 500,000 jobs lost in the labor market despite the reopening of sectors, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the restrictions in other parts of the country have offset the increase in operating capacity of businesses, particularly in Metro Manila and Bulacan which are part of the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus.


Despite being under general community quarantine (GCQ) status from June 16 to 30, Lopez said operating capacity of some sectors in Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal were downgraded as the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections in the areas remain high.


On the other hand, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has increased the operating capacity for some sectors in Metro Manila and Bulacan due to lower daily cases as well as easing of utilization of hospital facilities, he said.


For instance, dine-in capacity in restaurants in Metro Manila and Bulacan was raised from 30 percent to 40 percent, while it was decreased to 20 percent from 30 percent in Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal.


Lopez cited that while Metro Manila and Bulacan retain the 30-percent capacity for meetings, incentives, conferences, and events (MICE) venues and facilities, and 10-percent capacity for social events, the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal will ban these events from June 16 to 30.

Photo: PNA


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