MANILA, July 9 --The labor department has started releasing its comprehensive package of assistance to around 10,000 displaced Boracay workers to help them cope with the adverse economic impact of the island's rehabilitation.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Sunday led the distribution of cash cards to beneficiaries of the Boracay Emergency Employment Program (BEEP)-Adjustment Measures Program (AMP) and the payout of financial assistance to the third batch of workers-beneficiaries under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program.
The beneficiaries were gathered in a townhall meeting in Barangay Manoc Manoc, Malay town attended by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go, Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores, DOLE and local government officials.
"We have so far provided assistance to around half of the total number of profiled affected workers in the formal and informal sector. DOLE will continue to reach out to other affected workers for them to avail of the available assistance and reach our target of providing aid to over 20,000 profiled workers," Bello said.
During the event, which is the third tranche of the payout, 636 workers-beneficiaries received their salary under the TUPAD program while 500 BEEP-AMP beneficiaries receive their cash cards.
Under the BEEP Adjustment Measures Program (AMP), displaced regular employees can receive P4,200 monthly financial support for six months while retained workers who do not receive regular wage can receive P2,102.75 monthly cash aid for three months.
Various assistance programs are also lodged under the BEEP to address the needs of affected workers and MSMEs, including the administration of appropriate social preparation, livelihood and training programs, as well as the provisions of grants and loans to prepare the island and its people for its re-opening.
On the other hand, the TUPAD program for the informal sector provides emergency employment in the form of 30-day community work with a salary of P9,700 per beneficiary.
Also, DOLE released P1 million in livelihood aid to Malay Association Sailing Boat Owner's Incorporated (MASBOI) Sailboat Multi-Purpose Cooperative to provide alternative source of income to its 399 sailors and crew members by funding their Rice Retailing Project.
Meanwhile, Bello said DOLE is relaxing the requirements for those qualified to avail of the assistance by submitting their duly accomplished BEEP AMP Application Form; photocopy of certificate of employment; and photocopy of any government-issued ID.
Orientation on the guidelines and application for availment are still ongoing to reach out more affected workers who have not yet applied for the program. (DOLE/Abegail De Vega)