Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III warned companies in Boracay against terminating their employees during the six-month closure of the tourist spot island.
Bello stressed that the temporary closure of Boracay will automatically suspend business operations but should not result in the termination of employees.
Employers are only mandated to apply the principle of ‘No Work, No Pay,’ or require employees “to go on forced leave by utilizing their leave credits if any,” Bello added
By following the strict observance and compliance of the labor advisory, Bello said that employees are expected to be back to work once the temporary closure of the island was lifted.
DOLE assured that help will be given to the estimated 17, 000 affected workers in the island, particularly the provision of emergency employment with a P60 million budget.
Aside from this, Bello said that 5 000 informal sector workers and members of the indigenous community in Boracay will be employed in the clean-up area.