DOLE Sec. Baldoz said be considerate to workers in areas affected by floods

09/26/09 - Philippine Flooding
Please be a little bit lenient and considerate with your workers.”
This was the appeal of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz to workers’ employers in areas hard-hit by floods due to rains brought by Typhoons Quiel and Pedring.
Baldoz issued the appeal after noting that floodwaters in many areas in Regions 1 and 3, and in the CAMANAVA area, such as Malabon and Navotas, as well as landslides in some towns in the Cordillera Administrative Regions have trapped residents in their houses and needed to be evacuated.
“I appeal to employers in these areas to be lenient and considerate in requiring their workers to report for work. Many of them may need a few days to repair their homes and restore normalcy in their lives,” Baldoz said, adding:
“And even if some may have already recovered after the floodwaters have receded, they may still find it difficult to return to work if their companies or employers’ businesses have also been hit by floods.”
Baldoz said she has been in constant contact with DOLE regional officials in the CAR, Northern and Central Luzon since Quiel and Pedring left to get updates on the situation in these regions.
She has directed the officials to be ready to activate their respective quick reaction teams (QRTs) to rapidly assess the labor and employment situation in their areas with the end in view of preparing possible DOLE intervention or assistance to workers to be displaced by the floods, and to submit reports of workers and employers affected.
The floods brought by Typhoons Quiel and Pedring have inundated farms, destroying crops and infrastructure, in parts of Bulacan, such as Calumpit and Hagonoy; Zambales, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan,  Isabela, and Quirino; and in the National Capital Region, Navotas and Malabon.