MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment is set to establish a “one-stop-shop” to help workers that the pandemic affected.
According to the Malacanang, this includes the displaced workers of ABS-CBN. This is after 70 lawmakers decided against the renewal of the network’s franchise.
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Due to the shutdown of the broadcasting network, more than 11,000 workers will lose their jobs amid a pandemic.
The public has seen the rejection as an intimidation tactic towards the media and institutions. If not, a blatant attack on press freedom.
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The said rejection of franchise happened amid the economic meltdown that is occurring. From the onset of transmission from Wuhan, China, the world economy has continued to suffer.
With that, the workers of ABS-CBN adds to the list of those retrenched during the lockdown that started in March.
Following suit is media giant ABS-CBN which announced a retrenchment program that will start on August 31.
Among those shutdown are ABS-CBN sports and MOR 101.9.
Veteran Broadcast journalist Ces Drilon has also confirmed that she is among those that ABS-CBN will let go of.
ABS-CBN frequency “one-stop-shop” for distant learning
Yesterday, among proposals from the Congress was to use the ABS-CBN frequency for distant learning.
This is amid the public outcry that online learning is not suitable specially for far-flung areas.
However, the resolution did not state if the government has enough infrastructure to make use of the resource.
Along with such proposal, the Department of Education stayed firm that the school year will start on August 24.