DOLE ready to give aid, temporary jobs to displaced PCSO outlet workers | Inquirer News

DOLE ready to give aid, temporary jobs to displaced PCSO outlet workers

By: - Reporter / @FMOrellanaINQ
/ 05:42 PM July 29, 2019

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Monday (July 29) that it would provide assistance and “emergency employment” to workers displaced by the sudden order of President Rodrigo Duterte to stop all betting formats of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), including the highly popular lotto.

Hundreds of PCSO gaming outlets employing thousands of workers had closed as a result of Duterte’s order.


Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said although his department has nothing to do with the operations of PCSO or should be involved in it, it was ready to provide emergency employment which would depend on how many displaced workers needed it.

In an ambush interview, Assistant Labor Secretary Benjo Benavidez said the department has yet to receive a report from the PCSO on how many employees lost their jobs as a result of Duterte’s order.


Benavidez said he believed the PCSO is still capable of paying the salaries of its employees. He said he reckoned it would be like the case of workers in Boracay who applied for assistance two months before the resort island’s closure for rehabilitation.

“We’ll see in the case of PCSO,” he said. “We will coordinate with PCSO,” he added.

Benavidez said the PCSO should continue to pay the salaries of its workers despite the order of Duterte.

Authorities said as of Sunday (July 28), a total of 5,187 PCSO lotto outlets had been ordered closed./TSB

READ: Over 5,000 lotto outlets served closure notices – PNP

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Nation, News, PCSO, Unemployment
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

© Copyright 1997-2022 | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.