The labor department has allocated a total of P60M in livelihood and emergency employment assistance to around 10,000 workers and evacuees affected by the restive Mayon Volcano.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said an initial P30M has been set aside for emergency employment under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) while another P30M is for the livelihood assistance to evacuated worker families.

“We are providing support to the victims, especially in assisting displaced workers from the devastation brought by the continuing eruption of Mayon. We are giving them short-term income support and livelihood assistance to augment their income while they are in the evacuation centers,” Bello said.

On Thursday, the labor secretary led the payout of about P10 million to almost 4,000 worker-beneficiaries under the TUPAD program.

Each beneficiary received P2,900.00 salary for the 10-day community work they rendered in evacuation areas.

The Bicol regional office of DOLE is eyeing a second batch of TUPAD beneficiaries so that assistance can be extended to other evacuated families through short-term income support.

Families of active overseas Filipino workers affected by Mayon Volcano’s eruption, meanwhile, were provided with P3,000 worth of assistance from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) while P1,500 were given to the families of inactive OFWs.

END/Abegail De Vega

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