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IT is certainly disheartening to note that the crippling COVID-19 pandemic continues to displace workers not only in impoverished Philippines but also in other parts of the world.

But what’s important is for the employers to report the closure of their businessesto the regional offices of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) across the country.

This is to enable government authorities, through the DOLE headed by Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III, to assist displaced employees in the private sector as a result of the health crisis.

According to DOLE Region 1 Director Nathaniel Lacambra, the employer’sclosure report would help affected workers claim their unemployment insurance from the Social Security System.

Lacambra said there were instances when DOLE could not issue the required “displacement certification” to an employee because the employer did not report the closure of his/her firm.

The DOLE Region 1 director made the statement during last Thursday’s virtual forum of the Pangasinan Chapter of the highly influential Kapisanan ng mgaBrodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP).

“Please report the displacement (of workers) so we could see the whole picture of unemployment amid the pandemic in the region,” said the DOLE official.

Retrenched employees may also seek possible livelihood assistance from DOLE. If a displaced worker prefers to go back to employment, DOLE may refer him/her to firms with job vacancies.

If the displaced employee wants to acquire new skills, the DOLE refers him/her to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority under Director-General Isidro S. Lapena.

Thus, it is only just and proper for employers to report the closure of their establishments.

If not, then our displaced employees, particularly the ordinary workers, are in for more problems.