P221.8-M cash aid for Western Visayas tourism workers

Published May 8, 2021, 3:43 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – The Departments of Tourism (DOT) and Labor and Employment (DOLE) have allotted P221.8 million as cash aid for tourism workers who are affected by the pandemic.

DOT Secretary Tourism Bernadette Romulo-Puyat led Friday, May 7, 2021, the ceremonial release of cash assistance for 16,149 tourism workers of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City.

“I also want to reassure you that through our ongoing programs and projects, the tourism industry will recover and will be more resilient. The DOT and DOLE will be with you on this journey,” Puyat told the beneficiaries.

A total of 44,362 tourism workers in Western Visayas will receive P5,000 cash aid under the DOT-DOLE joint program funded by the Bayanihan 2 law.

Cristine Mansinares, officer-in-charge of the DOT in Western Visayas, has said that the DOT-DOLE cash assistance is one of the programs on the table for the recovery of the tourism sector.

At least 9,728 workers from Aklan will get the cash aid. While Aklan is a small province, there are a lot of workers affected since it is where world-famous Boracay Island is located.

The DOT-DOLE cash aid will also go to 9,065 tourism workers from the city and province of Iloilo; 7,512 tourism workers from Antique; 1,063 from Guimaras, and 845 tourism workers from Capiz.