Department of Labor and Employment
March 6, 2021
DOLE releases over P5.1M aid in Batangas
Over P5.1 million worth of financial and livelihood assistance was granted by the labor department to workers of Lipa, Bauan, and San Pascual in Batangas, who were affected by the economic and social disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III along with some senior officials of the department led the turn-over of cash and Nego-Kart (Negosyo sa Kariton) under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced workers (TUPAD) program last week.
Out of the P5.1 million, P2.9 million was allocated for the three municipalities in Batangas for the emergency employment of informal sector workers displaced by the pandemic.
In the payout ceremony in Bauan, 300 workers received their wages worth P4,000 each for the 10-day cash-for-work project.
In a separate event at the Claro M. Recto Events Center in Lipa City, the labor chief was joined by Senator Ralph Recto in handing over the payment of 442 TUPAD beneficiaries, amounting to more than P1.7 million.
In partnership with the local government unit (LGU) of Lipa, the labor department distributed as well Nego-Karts to 45 parents of child laborers. The Nego-Kart is a project of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), that aims to assist ambulant vendors to make their business more sustainable.
On top of the emergency employment and livelihood assistance, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has also extended a total amount of P900,000 to OFWs and their dependents under various programs, namely the Balik Pinas! Balik Hanapbuhay! program, Education for Development Scholarship Program and Project Alalay sa Pag-aaral para sa mga Anak-OFWs sa Panahon ng Pandemya.
In his message, Secretary Bello encouraged the workers currently affected by the pandemic to enroll under social protection programs of the labor department, with the assurance that DOLE is always taking steps to ease the burden on Filipino working men who lost their jobs and opportunities. ####