Displaced Boracay workers get cash aid

Boracay vendors. (Image from DYll 585am RPI)

THIRTY-TWO Boracay workers from Davao City will receive P4,205.50 monthly financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the next six months, the duration of the closure and rehabilitation of the island resort.

The amount, equivalent to half the minimum wage in Region VI, would be given to the said workers for voluntarily returning to their hometowns. DOLE is giving the cash assistance as part of the Boracay Emergency Employment Program – Adjustment Measures Program or BEEP-AMP, the agency’s mitigation program for formal sector workers affected by the temporary closure of the island.

Meanwhile, retained workers will receive financial support equivalent to 25 percent of the minimum wage of Region VI or 2,102.75 for a period of three months and shall be deposited in lump sum to their accounts.

Other than the financial packages, there are also various assistance provided under BEEP, including livelihood training and grants and loans in preparation for the reopening of the island.

For Davao Region, out of the 32 workers, 13 workers have already received their first tranche of financial support.

Affected Boracay employees may avail of the program through the DOLE regional offices. They must submit the duly accomplished BEEP AMP application form which is available at http://bit.ly/BEEPAMP, certificate of employment, and any government-issued ID.

Davao Region-based Boracay rehabilitation-affected workers may apply at DOLE XI located at the 4thFloor, AMQ Building, Dacudao Avenue, Agdao, Davao City and look for Ms. Erika Jil Diaz. (Mina Diaz)

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