Market vendors in Tagbilaran’s key markets (e.g. Dao, Cogon, and Manga) experienced an overall decline in sales. Meat, fish, and seafood vendors experienced the sharpest decline as consumers switched to cheaper alternatives. After the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine, sales started to increase slowly, but recovery is not yet in sight.
Despite the negative effects brought about by COVID-19, employees and workers experience positive impact.
Employees and employees we surveyed felt that the top negative impacts of COVID-19 are decrease in income (35.4%), difficulty in buying necessities (32.3%) and depression and anxiety (19.2%). Despite these, they also reported positive effects brought about by the pandemic. Because of limited movement, almost half (49.2%) reported that they now have more time to… Continue Reading →
Employees and workers wanted the city government of Tagbilaran to focus its efforts on containing the spread of the virus.
When asked what should be the focus of the City Government of Tagbilaran, workers and employees surveyed prioritized the following: containing the spread of the virus supporting residents stranded in other locations promoting mental health How do you think the city performed in this three areas?
The top concern of employees and workers is contracting the virus that would lead to increase in the number of COVID + people (3rd in rank) and consequently impacting on the capacity of the health care system to respond (5th in rank). Financial insecurity due to job loss is their second most pressing concern while… Continue Reading →
Most employees and workers need financial measures to protect their liquidity and survive this pandemic.
The top three assistance that workers and employees need are (1) payroll subsidy, (2) deferment of utility bills, and (3) low interest loans. All of these measures can help them extend the amount of money that they have and survive the pandemic. Unfortunately, no one among the employees we surveyed was able to receive assistance… Continue Reading →
Employees and workers express the likelihood of getting depressed, contracting the virus, or losing their jobs.
29% of employees and workers expressed the likelihood of getting depressed. 26% of employees and workers are worried they might contract the virus. 21% of employees and workers see the likelihood that they will lose their jobs in the next six months. These call for really concrete measures in combating mental health, containing the spread… Continue Reading →
Businesses, whose revenues rely on customers based outside Bohol, are the ones facing the risk of closure in the next six months.
Businesses that are primarily reliant on customers based outside of Bohol (e.g. tourists, external domestic and foreign buyers) face the greatest risk of closure. With inbound and outbound travel restrictions and difficulties in transporting goods from the province to outside customers, they will be the one who will likely lose out. As earlier pointed out,… Continue Reading →
Workers report that they now have more time to spend with their families. However, depression and anxiety start to affect a few.
Workers we surveyed identified a few positive effects of the pandemic. Some (45%) said they now have more time to spend with their family, while a few others said they are now able to pursue their hobbies (25%), engage in income-generating activities (23%), and connect with friends (21%). However, the pandemic also start to impact… Continue Reading →
Workers in the tourism sector were hit the hardest while government employees were the least affected.
4 out of 10 workers we surveyed experienced a significant decrease in income while 2 out of 10 workers lost jobs temporarily or permanently. Among the sectors, 9 out of 10 workers in the tourism sector felt the negative impact of COVID 19 on their income, work, or source of livelihood. This is followed by… Continue Reading →
As earlier reported in the case of businesses, the service sector is the worst hit, even for employees or workers. Across Tagbilaran City’s 15 barangays, those working in the service sector are the ones most affected by the pandemic. 5,154 jobs is equivalent to 73% of total jobs lost when Enhanced Community Quarantine was imposed… Continue Reading →
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