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Labor Day Statement from the Blas F. Ople Policy Center

“At this time, no one really knows what the so-called ‘new normal’ will be for both the domestic and overseas labor force.”

“All economies may be hurting for a long while thus dampening the need for more foreign workers especially in the service sector which is the main source of demand for OFWs.”

“An indefinite pause in OFW deployment and steady decline in dollar remittances combined with scarce local jobs will bring down consumption that fuels our economy.”

“We may need to design an interim set of labor guidelines to deal with this pandemic with the end goal of job preservation and securing access to basic needs. We urge DoLE to initiate stakeholders’ consultations at the soonest possible time.”

“They (DoLE) need to bring the voices of our workers to all IATF discussions and they can only do that by actively and consistently engaging their networks.”

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