The labor department has set the guidelines on the implementation of the Adjustment Measures Program (AMP) for formal sector workers affected by the rehabilitation of Boracay.

Department Order No. 191 seeks to ensure that the AMP under the Boracay Emergency Employment Program (BEEP) contributes to ease the situation of affected workers in the formal sector, according to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

The BEEP AMP is a safety net program providing formal sector workers with integrated and comprehensive package of assistance such as financial support, employment facilitation, and training.

Affected workers will be provided with financial support equivalent to 50 percent of the prevailing minimum wage in Region VI, or P4,205.50, and shall be provided monthly for a maximum period of six months.

For retained workers who do not receive regular wage, the amount of financial support is equivalent to 25 percent of the prevailing minimum wage in Region VI, or P2,102.75, and shall be non-conditional to be provided in lump sum covering three months.

Meanwhile, under the employment facilitation component, concerned DOLE Regional Office shall refer beneficiaries to the nearest Public Employment Service Office (PESO) for employment facilitation.

Affected workers will be provided access to available job opportunities suitable to their qualifications through job matching, referral, and placement services, either local or overseas employment, employment coaching, and labor market information.

The training component, on the other hand, aims to give affected workers with appropriate training to enhance their skills, competitiveness, and employability, as administered by relevant government agencies.

To be eligible for the program, BEEP AMP applicants must be workers employed in Boracay Island and other parts of Malay, Aklan by an employer or any person acting directly or indirectly in the interest of an employer.

They must also be workers whose employment is interrupted during the period of temporary closure and 30 days prior thereto or those who do not receive regular wage by reason of the temporary suspension, permanent cessation of operations, or permanent closure of the employer’s business establishment.

Interested applicants may submit the duly accomplished BEEP AMP Application Form; photocopy of certificate of employment; photocopy of any government-issued ID; and proof of Land Bank of the Philippines account to the BEEP Operations Center-DOLE Satellite Desk, DOLE Regional Office VI, or any of its Field Offices.

For affected workers who have gone back to their hometown, they may submit their applications to the nearest DOLE Regional/Field/Satellite Offices.

Upon approval of the application by the Regional Director and upon receipt of the Notice of Approval by the beneficiary, the concerned DOLE Regional Office shall deposit the first tranche of financial support directly to the beneficiary’s Land Bank of the Philippines account at the end of the reference month.

Every 15th day of each month, or the next working day if the said day falls on a holiday or a non-working day, beneficiaries shall submit to the BEEP Operations Center-DOLE Satellite Desk, DOLE Regional Office, or any of its Field/Satellite Offices their Beneficiary Progress Report.

To continue receiving the financial support, the beneficiary must have proof of two active searches for employment in a month; and one proof of attendance to any training/s conducted by a government agency for the first and fourth months of availment.

Beneficiaries who receive the full six or three months of financial support, or obtain full-time wage employment prior to the end of program coverage are considered to have completed the BEEP AMP.

END/aldm

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