DOLE Disburses Nearly ₱38M For Financial Support to Tourism Workers
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has disbursed approximately ₱38 million to offer financial support to employees in the tourism sector who were severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
According to DOLE, over 7,000 of the 600,000 displaced workers in the tourism sector have already received financial assistance from their agency. The department has also approved 12,121 applications from workers of over 720 establishments across the Philippines.
However, financial aid applications from 8,146 employees of 289 establishments were denied and are subject to further evaluation from DOLE.
DOLE claims that the financial assistance for 7,477 workers has been “remitted to payment centers,” showing a 1.24% utilization rate.
Under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, ₱3 billion was allocated to DOLE to provide for the assistance of the displaced workers in the country.
The labor agency also announced that a total of 36,466 workers from 1,210 establishments have applied for financial assistance so far.
DOLE’s regional office in Central Visayas (DOLE-7) is reported to have the most number of applications, reaching approximately 10,500 applicants or 30% of the total number of applications.
This is followed by the National Capital Region’s office (DOLE-NCR), with 6,217 applications, and the regional office in Western Visayas (DOLE-6), with 3,783 applications.
Meanwhile, the agency’s regional office in Region 8 tallied the least number of applications, receiving only 155 applicants for financial assistance.