The first batch of formal sector workers in Boracay who were affected by the island resort’s rehabilitation received their financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment through its Boracay Emergency Employment Program – Adjustment Measures Program (BEEP AMP).

Displaced workers received P4,205.50 while retained workers received a lump sum of P6,308.25 covering three months of assistance.

DOLE Assistant Regional Director Salome O. Siaton with the representatives of the Land Bank of the Philippines – Caticlan Branch distributed the cash cards to the first 409 affected workers last week.

Siaton also informed the beneficiaries on the schedule of release of the financial support and the conditional requirements for the release of the subsequent tranches.

Siaton said the first tranche of financial support will be deposited directly to the beneficiary’s LBP account at the end of the reference month.

Beneficiaries who submitted their applications beyond the fifth day of the reference month will receive their first tranche of financial support on the next schedule of release the following month.

Siaton also reminded displaced and suspended workers to submit their Beneficiary Progress Report, two (2) Proofs of Job Contact and one (1) Proof of Attendance to any training conducted by the government (for the first and fourth months of availment only) to continue receiving their subsequent financial support.

DOLE is calling all workers who were affected by Boracay closure to avail of the BEEP program.

Qualified displaced and suspended workers will receive 50 percent of the prevailing minimum wage in Region VI or P4,205.50 per month, deposited monthly to their Land Bank of the Philippines account for a maximum period of 6 months.

For qualified retained workers who do not receive a regular wage, they will get 25 percent of the prevailing minimum wage in the region (P2,102.75) covering a 3-month period, deposited in a lump sum to their LBP account.

Affected workers are required to submit the requirements for the availment of assistance to DOLE Satellite Desk, DOLE Regional Office VI or one of its Field Offices; or to the nearest DOLE Regional/Field/Satellite Offices for workers who have gone back to their hometown.

END/DOLE RO6/IPS

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