, Philippines

Jollibee creates emergency fund for employees amidst COVID-19 quarantine

The package has coverage for senior citizens under its employment programme with local government units.

Jollibee Foods Corporation announced the launch of an emergency response fund amounting to PHP 1 billion (approx. US$19.5 million) for its employees as some parts of the Philippines cope with the “enhanced community quarantine” (ECQ) period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The employee package covers all work teams of JFC’s offices, stores, commissaries, and logistics centers, including the senior citizens and persons with disabilities assigned to stores under the joint employment programme with local government units.

The assistance will also be extended to JFC's partner employers in the stores and other sites to provide financial support to their respective employees during this time.

With this emergency fund, employees will continue to receive their full month’s salary within the duration of the ECQ of March 15 to April 15. They will also receive their 13th month pay by April 30. Affected employees can also convert their leave credits in advance and may file for personal leaves “when necessary until the situation normalizes.”

“We know that this is a very unsettling time for everyone, but let me assure you that we are doing all we can in JFC to help you and your families and our customers during this period,” JFC CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong said in a letter to employees.

JFC chairman and founder Tony Tan Caktiong earlier announced that the Philippine conglomerate is donating PHP 100 million (approx. US$1.95 million) worth of food from its brands to healthcare workers and on-ground checkpoint personnel.

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