MORE than 1,000 workers of Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB) are expected to avail of a livelihood training program after being displaced by the pandemic to guide them in finding other options to earn a living. Last August 20, some 20 FAB workers attended a pre-livelihood training orientation initiated by the regional Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in coordination with Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) Labor Center.
In its statement, the AFAB said the first batch was composed of more or less 20 former factory workers from Mariveles town who were adversely affected by the threat of Covid-19 when the factories shut down or were affected by retrenchment. AFAB records showed out of 40,000 FAB workers, only about 25,000 of them were able to get back to work. Hazel Keith Ellorin, AFAB information officer, said the Labor Center had been profiling displaced workers to qualify for the livelihood training program. The Center has already profiled 819 individuals.