By Samuel Medenilla
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it is ready to provide livelihood assistance to workers, who may be affected by the quarantine imposed by the government on poultry farms in Pampanga due to the outbreak of avian influenza virus (bird flu) there.
DOLE Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod said their personnel in DOLE Region 3 are now monitoring the impact of the quarantine to check if would lead to the displacement of laborers.
“We are now conducting an assessment to identify affected workers so we could extend to them emergency employment and livelihood … it is the responsibility of the DOLE to help them,” Maglunsod said.
He said DOLE Region 3 is expected to submit its initial report on the possible labor effects of the quarantine today.
Last week, the Department of Agriculture (DA) deployed quarantine teams in San Luis, Pampanga after getting reports that at least 38,000 chickens died there due to bird flu.
To prevent the possible spread of the bird flu, DA imposed a quarantine in San Luis and the culling of 400,000 chickens, quails, and ducks, which may have also contact with bird flu.
DA said it would provide compensation to poultry farmers, who were affected by culling. However, for the duration of the quarantine, DA has banned the shipment of fowl from Luzon.
Bird flu is a viral disease, which usually infects and causes death among fowls. While there has been previous reported cases that the virus has been transmitted to humans, the Department of Health (DOH) said such incidents are rare.
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