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Ayala Malls Wants to Keep Mall Workers Employed Amid COVID-19 Closures

Ayala Malls is working with DOLE to craft a solution for mall workers.
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In support of the government’s Enhanced Community Quarantine, Ayala Malls took a stand and announced the temporary closure of all its Luzon malls effective March 17, 2020. While its Luzon malls will remain closed during the quarantine, some establishments within the malls will remain open to serve the public.

“While the malls are closed, our stores offering basic services and necessities, such as some supermarkets, pharmacies, convenience stores, and the like, will remain open in the interest of public service,” said Jennylle S. Tupaz, president of AyalaLand Malls, Inc.

“Meanwhile, we will continue to coordinate with the LGUs on how best to serve our merchants and customers under the new enhanced quarantine guidelines,” she added.

Ayala Malls is also crafting ways to keep its staff, especially the daily wage earners, on the payroll.

“To keep workers employed, the company will look for alternative duties within the mall, consider opportunities for redeployment, allocate shifts, and work with the service agencies in providing continuous employment. It will also seek guidance from the DOLE for a more sustainable solution,” said Ayala Malls in a press statement.

“Ayala Malls is grateful for the understanding and cooperation of its merchants during these challenging times. As a means of support, the company will offer a rent reprieve for merchants affected by the temporary closure. It will roll out the program once implementation guidelines are finalized.”

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