The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) through its Manila Field Office (MFO) deployed its Quick Response Team (QRT) to Unilever Philippines, Inc. on April 7, 2022, as the company is set to discontinue the operations of its Manila plant in United Nations Avenue, Paco, Manila City.

During the forum with some 30 employees of Unilever, the labor department represented by Senior Labor and Employment Officers Jeremiah T. Carlos and Charity O. Guerra; and Labor and Employment Officer III Cynthia J. Tolentino, addressed the issues and questions of the employees affected by the cessation of business operations.

The employees led by Arnel Cerdeña, Union President of Bisig ng Manggagawa ng Unilever Philippines acquired more knowledge on post-employment during Guerra and Carlos’ presentation on Termination of Employees. Carlos also thoroughly discussed specific standards in applying the just and authorized causes for termination, and the due process of termination of employees.

On the other hand, Tolentino discussed the possible assistance that could be extended by DOLE such as provision of livelihood projects for those who are interested in setting up a small business.

Employees were thankful to the DOLE-NCR Manila Field Office for the orientation as they have become aware of the right processes of termination of employment.

The Quick Response Team is one of the programs of the DOLE that assists workers who were displaced by closures and retrenchments of industries/companies. Each Regional QRT nationwide provides employment re-entry opportunities and assistance. As a safety net measure, the QRT is a calibrated service delivery aimed at helping workers cope with the adverse effects of globalization and trade liberalization.

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