MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday (July 14) said it is “ready to extend” assistance to all workers of ABS-CBN Corp. who will be displaced as a result of Congress’ denial of the media giant’s application for new franchise.
“We are ready to extend the necessary assistance to all employees who may be displaced as a result of the congressional action,” Labor Undersecretary Ana Dione said in a statement.
The official emphasized that while the agency sympathizes with what happened, the network must ensure that all employees who are likely to be terminated, will receive their separation benefits as mandated by law.
“Should termination, reduction or displacement of workforce become unavoidable, the first thing that ABS-CBN should do is compensate the employees because it is legally bound to pay separation benefits to those who will be retrenched or terminated,” she said.
Dione said the agency is now in the process of determining the exact number of employees of the network who will be affected by the retrenchment.
“If they truly care for their workers, then the network is morally bound to give them all pays and emoluments that the law provides,” the official said of ABS-CBN.
On July 10, the House Committee on Legislative Franchises denied ABS-CBN’s bid for a fresh 25-year franchise, ending its 34 years of broadcasting on free TV.
The network claims that around 11.000 of its employees are likely to be laid off as a result of the decision.
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