Nancy Binay urges DOLE to give aid to displaced PCSO lotto, STL workers,

Senator Nancy Binay photo from Rappler (ctto)

After the closure of the government-led games over corruption allegations as ordered by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, hundreds of thousands of Lotto stations workers and gaming outlets will be jobless hence they will be needing assistance.

Because of this, Senator Nancy Binay has urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to extend assistance, including providing emergency jobs to these displaced employees following the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office shutdown.

“We appeal to the Department of Labor and Employment to immediately extend aid to workers affected by the closure of more than 30,000 lotto stations and gaming outlets nationwide,” Binay said in a Facebook post.

Habang di pa malinaw kung kailan ili-lift ang suspension ng PCSO gaming operations, marami sa mga franchise operators ang tiyak na mapipilitan i-lay off ang kanilang mga empleyado dahil wala naman nang source of revenue para paswelduhin sila–not to mention the monthly rental and utility expenses,” she added/

“Let’s face it, malaking dagok sa mga empleyado ang nangyari at nagkagulatan sa pagka-anunsyo ng closure. Never were the displaced workers factored in the suspension of PCSO operations, but at least DOLE can help in cushioning the negative impact of being jobless,” she said.

According to Binay many Filipinos all over the country are affected by the President’s order, with Small Town Lottery (STL) alone employing more than 300,000 workers, based on the PCSO’s 2018 accomplishment report.

It is still uncertain when the President will lift the suspension order against PCSO gaming operations, Binay said it is best that DOLE intervenes and assists the displaced workers as soon as possible..

Source: Politiko

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