Hundreds of workers to lose jobs as Victoria Court closes some branches

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines — Hotel and motel chain Victoria Court has announced the closure of some of its branches due to the impact of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the country’s tourism and hospitality industries. 

In a video message circulating online, Victoria Court CEO Angie Mead King addressed her employees saying that due to the imposition of quarantine protocols, hotel and motel operations will not be able to “produce the same results” as it used to before the pandemic.

“We are facing unprecedented times in this world. As much as I have been trying to extend a helping hand to each and every one of you over these past few months, it is with a heavy heart that I now have to make a life-changing decision that will affect us all,” she said.

She asked them to find another job but assured them of separation packages to help them survive the crisis over the next few months.

“For now, I have to advise you to please look for another job to support yourself and your family during these tough times. And when the business does reopen again, you’ll be the first ones that we call back,” she said.

Angie King said that in the meantime, Victoria Court will go into survival mode.

Meanwhile, Atticus King, with whom Angie shares the hotel and motel brand, clarified on his social media account that his management group is only laying off some workers but not totally closing. 

“For my group, we have decided to retrench and we are trying our best to keep the lights on.” Atticus said in his video.

Victoria Court started its hotel and motel business in 1970.

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