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DOLE pushes for recovery of labor sector, OFWs

Philippine Information Agency
24 Nov 2020, 20:38 GMT+10

BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 24 (PIA) - - The Department of Labor and Employment reports that recovery plan for the Coronavirus disease - affected workers in the labor sector is all set in line with the Bayanihan 2 or We Recover as One Act.

DOLE - CAR, in a video presentation at the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) - led Dagyaw Open Governance Virtual Townhall meeting yesterday, affirmed that the implementation of the CAMP (COVID - 19 Adjustment Measures Program), TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvatages workers) program, AKAP (Abot - Kamay ang Pagtulong) and TABANG OFW program form part of the recovery phase for COVID - 19.

CAMP is a one - time assistance of P5, 000 for formal sector workers affected by the COVID - 19 either due to temporary closure of businesses or implementation of flexible working arrangements.

DOLE - CAR data shows that under the Bayanihan 1, 25,734 workers from 2,977 establishments were provided assistance under CAMP with a total disbursement of P128.67 million. Those formal sector workers that applied but not covered during the first tranche of CAMP will be the priority beneficiaries this time,

The TUPAD, on the other hand, is a temporary employment assistance for informal sector workers wherein each beneficiary is paid for a 10 - day community clean - up work based on the prevailing minimum daily wage in their area.

In the previous implementation of TUPAD, DOLE - CAR data shows that there were 14,049 displaced informal sector worker- beneficiaries in the Cordillera with a total disbursement of P50, 269,800.

For Overseas Filipino Workers, DOLE in partnership with Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) also implemented AKAP providing a one - time P10, 000 financial assistance to displaced or repatriated OFWs. As of October data, there are already 2,636 beneficiaries of the program with a total assistance of P26.36M.

DOLE, OWWA and the Commission on Higher Education recently forged a partnership for TABANG OFW program which offers a one - time tertiary education subsidy of P30, 000 to qualified beneficiaries, primarily children of OFWs who returned to the country or lost their job due to COVID - 19.

With the easing up of community restriction and gradual opening up of the economy, DOLE - CAR also expects that the labor sector environment will also be moving towards recovery.

DOLE - CAR, in partnership with the local government units through their Public Employment Service Office are always ready to help in employment facilitation, career guidance and coaching, training referrals and provision of labor market information.

The Dagyaw townhall meeting is being conducted regularly in the different parts of the country in line with President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's Good Governance Policy. Dagyaw is a Hiligaynon word that means "Bayanihan".

Through Dagyaw, the government reports to the people and also listens to their concern, thus encouraging and strengthening participatory governance towards nation building and in ensuring a safe, harmonious and progressive country .(JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

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