By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has launched its cash-for-work (CFW) program for families whose income and livelihood have been affected by the closure of Boracay Island in Aklan.
“The unprecedented temporary closure of establishments such as resorts, malls, restaurants, lodging houses, hotels, and stores that used to provide income directly and indirectly to residents and non-residents in Boracay now accounts for the alarming number of unemployed or underemployed individuals and families on the said island,” DSWD OIC Secretary Emmanuel Leyco said.
Leyco said the DSWD has fine-tuned its CFW guidelines to address the needs of displaced Boracay residents.
Beneficiaries will be receiving 100 percent of the regional wage rate, rather than 75 percent.
In Western Visayas, the daily minimum wage rate is P323.50.
Migrant workers who have returned to their provinces will also receive the prevailing minimum wage in their regions.
“The increased rate of assistance is meant to help alleviate the economic difficulties of Filipinos affected by the Boracay closure. The CFW scheme can be accessed by said eligible individuals for 30 days,” Leyco said.
Eligible for the program are workers and employees displaced because of the island’s closure, those who returned to their hometowns, those who transferred employment, and those who migrated to other provinces.
Leco pointed out that there are two types of projects and activities under the CFW.
First is labor work, which covers digging, dredging, desilting canals and drainage systems, planting trees, clearing pathways, shelter/facility repair; demolition of illegal infrastructure; clearing debris, garbage collection, installation of support facilities and other similar work.
The second type covers technical or office work.