Philippines service sector severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan: ILOListen /
2.8 million out of the 5.6 million Filipino workers who have either temporarily or permanently lost their livelihoods as a result of Typhoon Haiyan were working in the service sector. That according to the latest ILO estimates which noted that over one third, or 1.8 million, were in agriculture and around 15 per cent in the industry sector.
ILO Philippine Office Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson says the "Service sector includes people working in shops, public markets, restaurants, vendors, tricycle and jeepney drivers, mechanics, clerks, teachers,… who, like farmers and fisherfolks, have seen their source of income wiped away".
He says "At least 2.4 million affected workers were already in a vulnerable situation before the typhoon struck, often living at or near the poverty line, doing whatever work they could find to survive and provide for their families", adding, "These people have lost the little they had to begin with. They have no home, no income, no savings and no one to turn to for help."
Johnson says "As the reconstruction efforts gather pace, the number one priority is to ensure that these workers have access to decent jobs, which include at least minimum wage, social protection and safe working conditions".
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are rolling out emergency employment programmes to respond to the enormous reconstruction and livelihoods needs. The ILO is working closely with them and as well as with local governments, business' and workers' organizations and international partners.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.