The DOLE implements an industry-based social protection program – the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) in the Sugar Industry – as mandated under RA 6982. It aims to improve the socio-economic conditions of the sugar workers and their families in the mills and plantations who are vulnerable due to the seasonality of work in the sugar industry. A lien of P10.00 per picul of raw sugar produced or P7.90513 per Lkg. is collected upon withdrawal of raw sugar from the mill’s warehouse through issuance of quedans to the planters and millers.
Components of SAP are:
- Cash Bonus Distribution Program
- Maternity Benefit
- Death Benefit Program
- Socio-Economic Projects
- Tripartite Consultative Mechanisms