DOLE’s emergency employment program in Boracay starts today

Published April 27, 2018, 5:22 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Leslie Ann Aquino

The emergency employment program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Boracay Island already commenced today.

Thousands of tourists leave Boracay Island yesterday, April 25, 2018, as the Island will close today, April 26, 2018 for 6-months to make way for a rehabilitation and demolition of establishments that violated the 25+5 easement. (Photo by: Juan Carlo de Vela) mbnewspictures / mbnewspix
Thousands of tourists leave Boracay Island (Photo by: Juan Carlo de Vela) mbnewspictures / mbnewspix

DOLE Bureau of Local Employment director Dominique Tutay said the program particularly commenced in Barangays Balabag and Manoc Manoc.

“Those (workers) displaced are into cleaning the island in both two barangays. Part of their work will also be protecting or planting the mangroves in Boracay,” she said in a press briefing in Manila.

Under the emergency employment program, worker-beneficiaries shall get the prevailing minimum wage rate in the region as well as social security benefits.

The DOLE earlier announced that it has already set aside an initial P60 million for the emergency employment assistance.

For the formal sector, Tutay said they already conducted a job fair yesterday and they are planning to hold another on May 18.

“The DOLE also issued an advisory as to what the employees and companies should do during the temporary closure of the Boracay island,” Tutay said.

The labor official said they also proposed a program of support for the affected workers in the formal sector.

“We are still waiting for the approval of the said program support so we won’t announce it yet,” Tutay said.

The six month closure of the resort island started yesterday, April 26.