ILO: 2.2 million workers affected by Typhoon Odette in PHL
January 14, 2022 - Friday 5:01 PM by GDMOCHA Philippines
Nearly 2.2 million workers have been directly affected by the onslaught of Super Typhoon Odette (Rai) that hit the Philippines last month, a new International Labor Organization assessment reveals.
Although the typhoon hit parts of 10 regions in the country, the impact on employment varied, ILO said in a statement on Friday.
Among the regions hardest hit were Western Visayas that saw 21 per cent (672,000) of the workforce affected, ILO found, followed by Eastern Visayas with 19 per cent (343,000) and Central Visayas with 18 per cent (643,000).
Meanwhile, in Caraga, nearly one-third of the region’s entire workforce (363,000) was impacted.
The typhoon devastated millions of lives and livelihoods and has dealt a huge blow to the socio-economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following the onslaught of the typhoon, the United Nations called the impact “a crisis within a crisis” since the country is barely recovering from the pandemic, and currently addressing a spike in cases.
The ILO assessment highlights how the typhoon has affected the most vulnerable, and worsened pre-existing labour market challenges. Nearly 38 per cent (839,000) of the total affected workers are women.
Prior to the typhoon, about 3 in 5 of these impacted women workers were in low paid jobs mostly in agriculture, wholesale and retail trade or domestic work. Young people and older workers are also amongst those significantly affected.
“A human centered recovery is vital, one which places decent work and sustainable livelihoods at the heart of efforts to build back better,” said Hideki Kagohashi, Enterprise Development Specialist of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines.
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