The Department of Labor and Employment has released a total of P5,662,705.50 for payment of salaries to 1,420 emergency employment beneficiaries under the Tulong Panghanap buhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) in Boracay.
These beneficiaries are informal sector (IS) workers and indigenous people (IP) who were affected by the closure of the resort island.
They were the first beneficiaries of the commitment of Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III to provide employment to 5,000 IS workers and IPs as part of the DOLE’s comprehensive package of assistance to mitigate the adverse economic impact of the island’s rehabilitation.
Bello, who flew to Boracay to attend the press conference for the launch of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force created through Executive Order No. 53, series of 2018, personally led the pay-out of salaries of TUPAD worker-beneficiaries.
He was joined by Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Secretary Mark A. Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and DOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod.
In his speech, Bello thanked the DBM for its proactive and prompt release of funds for displaced and affected workers in Boracay. Bello also assured the beneficiaries and the public of DOLE’s continued commitment to provide employment assistance and interventions to affected workers during the island’s temporary closure.
Secretaries Bello III, Diokno, Villar and Usec. Maglunsod distributed the salaries of 57 members of the Ati tribe amounting to P4,852.50 each.
The rest of the worker-beneficiaries were paid through M Lhuillier Financial Services. Instructions on how and where to claim their salaries were provided by a representative of M Lhuillier. It was emphasized that beneficiaries may claim their salaries at any branch of M Lhuillier./dole6