Gov’t grants additional P5 billion funds for displaced workers

Gov’t grants additional P5 billion funds for displaced workers

AN ADDITIONAL P5 billion fund for Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)’s assistance program for the displaced overseas workers and other workers have been approved by the Inter-agency Task Force on COVID-19.

Cabinet Secretary and Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) spokesperson Karlo Nograles made the announcement during the virtual press briefing.

“The recommendations of the Department of Labor and Employment for the social amelioration program for the formal workers sector as presented are hereby approved,” Nograles said.

“For this purpose, the IATF supports the approval and immediate release of the requested budget by the Department of Labor and Employment amounting to P5 billion.”

The additional budget will cover DOLE’s program such as COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) for formal workers, the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD)-Barangay ko, Bahay Ko (BKBK) program and the Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP) assistance program for OFWs.

“Provided, that the beneficiaries of the aforementioned shall be separate and distinct from those already covered by social amelioration programs by other agencies of the national government,” Nograles said.

Earlier, the DOLE said around 350,000 formal and informal workers will benefit to P1.5 billion budget allocated to CAMP and TUPAD.

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