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The Clark Development Corp. (CDC) and the Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA) are exploring various ways to sustain the operation of the firms and employment of thousands of workers in the Freeport even with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

CDC president and CEO Noel F. Manankil said in a statement on Friday the “CDC and CILA are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the operations of locators and employment of workers here will remain to be on track.”

In collaboration with CILA, Manankil said the CDC could now focus on addressing the specific needs of each industry inside the Freeport.

“We have been looking at it before from a macro perspective, looking at Clark as one. But it now makes sense to look into specific industries to determine what is the best help that we can give,” he said.

Manankil also said the state-run firm and the officers and members of CILA are also taking steps to help locators and employees restart and recover in their operations.

“Our biggest priority now is to enable our locators to restart operations. So that is why we have been monitoring the number of employees reporting on a weekly basis,” he said.

At least 59 percent of the total labor force in the Freeport or 78,686 workers are now reporting to their workplaces.

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