Around P1.4-billion worth of aid was released by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for workers affected by the typhoons and pandemic.
Of the said amount, P1.3 billion was used by DOLE for its financial assistance and emergency employment for workers in Cagayan Valley Region, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, in the Bicol Region, which were devastated by typhoons Rolly (international name: Goni) and Ulysses (international name: Vamco).
It also included the 100 fiberglass boats distributed by DOLE to fisherfolks in Cagayan, which are worth P10 million.
The most recent addition to the said assistance was the P24 million worth of financial aid released by DOLE to workers in the education sector who were affected by novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Each of the beneficiary received a one-time cash aid under their Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) for the education sector.
For Metro Manila, DOLE-National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) Director Sarah Buena Mirasol said they provided cash aid to 22,482 teaching and non-teaching personnel from 1,651 educational institutions.
She said they are targeting to have 60,000 CAMP beneficiaries from the education sector in NCR.
The teachers, who benefitted from CAMP, “felt special” since they were previously excluded from the beneficiaries during the initial implementation of CAMP earlier this year.
Labor spokesperson Rolly Francia said the CAMP for the education sector has an allocated P300 million budget allocation under the Bayanihan to Recover as One, which was distributed to DOLE’s regional offices nationwide.
After completing the release of CAMP benefits for the education sector, DOLE-NCR will then proceed the distribution of P300-million worth of cash aid for Covid-affected tourism workers.
“Around a thousand workers will be given assistance in the tourism sector,” Mirasol said in an online press briefing on Wednesday.