APO Cement Corp. will lay off temporarily 100 of their 300 regular employees and 300 of their contractual employees for 6 months which will start on December 13.
According to Apo Cement spokesperson, Chito Maniago that they have already filed a notice with the Department of Labor (DOLE) 7 regarding the laying off of workers due to “lack of raw materials.”
The company made the decision to close after the suspension of quarry operations of Apo Land and Quarry (ALQC) by local and national authorities, after the landslide that killed more than 60 people in Tina-an, Naga last September 20.
The operation of ALQC has been suspended four times after the landslide. First was from the LGU followed by an order from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, third order to suspend operations came from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office.
The latest was issued by the Regional Trial Court that issued a temporary environmental protection order against ALQC following the filing of a P4.5-billion suit against the firm and five other agencies.
Most of those who will be out of work due to the temporary layoff are those assigned in the production, and in the warehousing and packing units.