MANILA - Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the Department of Labor and Employment have provided financial assistance worth P19 billion to almost two million Filipino workers in the Philippines and around 500,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) for 2021.
Originally, the budget for the assistance program was to be P16 billion, but with the funds from the Department of Tourism (DOT), it increases by P3 billion. That was for the tourism workers whose jobs were affected by the pandemic. The DOLE was a task to implement the distribution of the P3 billion funds from the DOT, said Bello.
“Meron kaming mga total of P16 billion, nadagdagan pa ng P3 billion although this is the budget of the Department of Tourism because this is intended to provide assistance to those working in the tourism industry,” he said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel.
Bello also said the DOLE has a budget for qualified formal workers or a person employed in a company, OFWs, and informal workers. P5,000 for each qualified formal worker, and $200 or P10,000 for OFWs affected by the pandemic. As for the informal workers, the DOLE will be providing them temporary employment and pay them accordingly.
“Ito [informal workers], ‘yung mga self-employed kagaya ng mga tricycle drivers, sidewalk vendors, labandera, manikurista (These are the self-employed individuals like tricycle drivers, sidewalk vendors, those doing laundry, and manicurists),” Bello said.
He added, “they have been displaced also so we have to provide them assistance by providing them temporary employment from 10 to 15 days and pay them the minimum wage in the region where they come from.”