Tiniyak ng TV host na si Angelina “Angie” Mead King na hindi nito papabayaan ang mga “loyal” employees sa kabila ng nakaambang pagsasara ng ilang branch ng local motel ng kanilang pamilya.
Sa tinatawag na IG story, kinumpirma ni Angelina ang lumabas na video kung saan siya ay nagpaalam na bilang Chief Executive Officer ng naturang motel at ayaw na raw pag-usapan ang aniya’y biglaang “life changing decision.”
Ayon pa sa transwoman partner ng modelong si Joey Mead, bagama’t tumanggap pa sila ng mga guest partikular ng mga Overseas Filipino Workers, ay hindi nito nakikita na babalik sa dating sigla tulad sa nakalipas na 30 taon, ang kanilang operasyon habang may Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis pa sa bansa.
Narito ang sinasabing video ni Angie na walang petsa pero kumalat nitong June 2:
“To my dearest employees, it deeply saddens me to have to record this video. As many of you know by now, we are facing unprecedented times in this world. This COVID virus has really decimated all facets of life.
“As much as I have been trying to extend a helping hand to each and every one of you over these past few months, it is with a heavy heart that I now have to make a life-changing decision that will affect us all.
“Over the next few weeks, I don’t think that hotel and motel operations will be able to produce the same results as how we used to. It is time that we face the facts and be honest, and try to prepare for what’s coming.”
“Even though we have been accepting OFWs, BPOs, and maritime crew, it is still not enough for the business to sustain itself and take care of all of us. We all have to go into survival mode. It is better for us to prepare for this now, rather than ignore it.
“Over the next few weeks, we will be preparing your retirement and retrenchment packages, so that you will have some funds to survive over the next few months. Please don’t think that we have come to this decision lightly.
“It was a great difficulty. I want to let you know that we value all your hard work and loyalty that you have given during my management. And I really wish there was another way to go about this.”
“For now, I have to advise you to please look for another job to support yourself and your family during these tough times. And when the business does reopen again, you’ll be the first ones that we call back.
“I want to say please, stay safe, stay healthy, stay hopeful. I want to wish everyone the best of luck. This is your CEO signing out.”
Napag-alaman na ang 10 drive-in hotels ng Victoria Court sa Metro Manila at Pampanga ay hinati kay Angelina at kapatid na si Atticus King.
Kabilang sa mga magsasarang branch ay ang hawak ni Angelina– ito ang Cuneta, Gil Puyat, at Malate.
Habang ang nasa ilalim ni Atticus ay susubukan pa ring mag-operate gaya ng Balintawak, Hillcrest sa Pasig, Panorama sa Pasig, Las Piñas, Malabon, North Edsa, at San Fernando sa Pampanga.
Nabatid na may mga staff na rin ng ilang department store, casino, at bangko ang nagbabawas ng tauhan sa gitna ng COVID pandemic.