Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 07:44:47 +0000
BY ALEXANDRIA SAN JUAN
The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) confirmed on Tuesday the layoff of over 100 employees of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (Line-1) following a significant drop in ridership of the railway due to the current health crisis.
“It is with great regret that LRMC confirms a reduction of its workforce due to a 90 percent drop in ridership brought about by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic,” the LRMC said in a statement.
LRMC head of corporate communications Jacqueline Gorospe said at least 20 percent of its workforce, including those who voluntarily retire, will be affected by the right-sizing program which will take effect on September 15.
According to the LRMC, the operator of LRT-1, it has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation from the beginning and has been “taking appropriate measures, balancing its financial position while looking after its team members.”
“However, as LRMC has scaled down operations during the quarantine period and deferred some projects, the company recognizes the need to optimize human resources by reducing the size of its workforce,” the management explained.
“This will aim to right-size the organization to better suit the current and future business conditions, as well as maintain stability while navigati