ABS-CBN Corp. announced Wednesday that it will lay off workers by August 31 after its failure to renew its congressional franchise to run a broadcast television station.
“With the non-renewal of its congressional franchise, ABS-CBN is now forced to cease the operations of some of its businesses and implement a retrenchment program covering ABS-CBN and its subsidiaries effective end of business day on August 31, 2020,” the Lopez-led company said.
“We are doing all we can to mitigate the pain that will be felt by those affected, including paying out separation and retirement benefits and providing job placement programs,” it added.
ABS-CBN Corp. said the loss of its workers’ jobs comes at a time “when the uncertain and perilous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic further makes the company decision truly difficult, but inevitable.”
“As much as it hurts us to implement this retrenchment program, this is the only way to ensure the continued employment of the rest of our Kapamilya,” ABS-CBN said.
The company did not provide the number of employees that would be affected.
ABS-CBN and its subsidiaries had 6,730 regular employees, 900 non-regular employees, and 3,325 talents and project-based employees as of 2018.