Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito D. Roque said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the Cordillera Administrative Region in collaboration with the management of Moog Controls Corporation and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) began on Tuesday (June 2) the conduct of a three-day outplacement services aimed at helping 293 workers who would be covered by the retrenchment and restructuring measures that Moog would implement effective July 1, 2009.
Citing a report from DOLE-CAR, Roque said Moog Controls Corporation has found it necessary to restructure and reduce its workforce due to the worldwide economic slowdown.
The firm, located at the Baguio City Economic Zone, is the Philippine manufacturing facility of U.S.-based Moog Inc. which designs and manufactures high precision control components and systems used in aerospace and in industrial, marine, and medical equipment. The economic downturn has severely affected the demand for commercial aviation and industrial products from Moog's manufacturing facility in Baguio City.
The DOLE Chief cited the company for its willingness to assist the affected workers find another employment or livelihood. He said the firm joined the DOLE and PEZA in the conduct of outplacement services orientation for the covered workers that started last June 2 until June 4, 2009.
Roque said the DOLE and its attached agencies have been mobilized to make available various assistance to the covered workers during the orientation.
The orientation, he said, would prepare the workers not only in coping with job loss but also in choosing suitable assistance that they could avail.
Assistance includes job search for those who want another job, whether locally or overseas, as well as livelihood and skills training for workers who want to start their own business enterprise.