ILOILO CITY – At least P800 million cash aid has been given by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-6) for workers affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Western Visayas region.
DOLE-6 Regional Director Cyril Ticao said the cash aid was given to both formal and informal workers in the region comprising of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces as well as the highly urbanized cities of Iloilo and Bacolod.
The biggest chunk of the cash aid is for DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced or Disadvantaged Workers Program for #Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko Disinfecting/Sanitation Project (TUPAD #BKBK) with a total of P369. 49 million released. It benefited 84, 027 workers who
were classified as underemployed, self-employed or displaced marginalized workers.
Another P273. 41 million was released for COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).
Under CAMP, a total of 54,488 workers were given P5,000 cash aid each. This was designed to ease the economic impact to workers whose daily income is affected by temporary closure of businesses.
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-6) also released P152.69 million for 15,269 displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Western Visayas. The OWWA-6 also released additional P4.35 million as cash assistance to 145 dependents of OFWs who were displaced by the pandemic.