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MECQ to restore 0.5 million jobs

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Around 500,000 jobs will be back in the labor market as President Rodorigo Duterte placed the National Capital Region, Cavit and Rizal or NCR Plus under a less stringet modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).


The enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) earlier imposed in NCR Plus shed 1.5 million jobs based on data of the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA).”

Based on the sectors not allowed to operate during the ECQ, about 1.5 million jobs were lost,” the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.
But under MECQ, there are about 500,000 jobs that can return so there are still about 1 million who have not totally returned,” Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said. Lopez said the remaining 1 million jobs may go back to the labor market once NCR Plus will be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ).


Among the industries that are not allowed to operate under MECQ include entertainment venues with live performers such as karaoke bars, bars, clubs, concert halls, theaters, and cinemas; recreational venues such as internet cafes, billiard halls, amusement arcades, bowling alleys, and similar venues; amusement parks or theme parks, fairs, kid amusement industries such as playgrounds, playroom and kiddie rides; outdoor sports courts or venues for contact sports, scrimmages, games, or activities; indoor sports courts or venues, fitness studios, gyms, spas or other indoor leisure centers or facilities, and swimming pools; casinos, horse racing, cockfighting and operation of cockpits, lottery and betting shops, and other gaming establishments except for the draws conducted by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office; indoor visitor or tourist attractions, libraries, archives, museums, galleries, and cultural shows and exhibits; outdoor tourist attractions; venues for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions; –personal care services which include beauty salons, beauty parlors, medical aesthetic clinics, cosmetic or derma clinics, make-up salons, nail spas, reflexology, aesthetics, wellness and holistic centers, and other similar establishments; acupuncture and electrocautery establishments, massage therapy including sports therapy establishments, tanning services, body piercings, tattooing and similar services as well as home service for these activities; and dine-in services of food preparation establishments such as commissaries, restaurants, and eateries.

Photo by PNA


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