The Department of Labor and Employment will soon simplify the requirements needed by displaced formal workers in getting financial assistance.
In a press conference on Sunday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said workers affected by the Boracay closure will only be required to submit their valid ID and certificate of employment to avail the comprehensive financial support under its Adjustment Measures Program (AMP).
“We will simplify all matters and accelerate the releases of financial assistance,” he said.
Bello said this is to encourage more affected workers to apply to the program.
AMP is a program under the Boracay Emergency Employment Program (BEEP) which aims to enhance the employability and competitiveness of the beneficiaries, as well as mitigate the adverse economic impact of the island’s rehabilitation.
Under the program, displaced and suspended workers may get PHP4,250.50 per month for six months. Retained workers who do not receive regular wage may also get PHP2,102.75 covering a three-month period.
According to DOLE, of the 20,000 registered formals workers in the island, only 10,058 have applied for AMP as of June 29.
Before, applicants for AMP are required to submit an accomplished BEEP-AMP application form, photocopy of certificate of employment, photocopy of any government-issued ID and proof of Land Bank of the Philippines account.
But Bello said the next batches of applicants may already receive it through cash.
“Instead of cash cards, I want them to give it through cash,” he said.
Of the 10,058 AMP applicants only 2,527 of them have already received their LBP cash cards while 4,194 are still waiting for their LBP cash cards.
According to DOLE 6 Regional Director Johnson Cañete, the agency will also look into simplifying the requirements for those qualified to receive the full six months coverage.
Displaced and suspended workers are required to submit the following every month: a beneficiary progress report, two proof of active search for employment or job contract and one proof of attendance to any training conducted by a government agency for the first and fourth months.
“We will also look on how to simplify these requirements,” he said.
Meanwhile, DOLE has released over 500 cash cards to BEEP-AMP beneficiaries on Sunday, July 8.
The activity was likewise attended by Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu.
DOLE has also conducted an orientation to the 3rd batch of its beneficiaries under its Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD).
For the first and second batch of TUPAD, the agency has already released a total amount of P23.2 million as salary for 2,963 workers. Each worker received P9,700 for a 30-day work.
DOLE also turned-over P1 million as financial assistance to members of Malay Sailing Boat Owner’s Incorporated (MASBOI) Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
(Boracay Informer/Karen Bermejo)