12K Tarlac residents get DOLE cash aid
About 12,506 Tarlaqueños benefitted from the Covid-19 pandemic aid given by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), according to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
In a PIA report, DOLE Tarlac head Aurita Laxamana said a total of 7,129 workers received cash assistance amounting to PhP 5,000 each under the Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).
CAMP is a program intended for formal sector workers who were affected by flexible work arrangements or temporary closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Laxamana said the program prioritized micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the distribution of the aid.
“We believe that the MSMEs were one of most highly affected this pandemic, so we prioritized their workers,” she said.
Moreover, 5,377 workers benefitted from the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers Program Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko! (TUPAD BKBK) Disinfecting/Sanitation Project.
TUPAD BKBK aims to mitigate the impact of the implemented community quarantine to informal sector workers in the country.
“Beneficiaries helped their community maintain cleanliness and orderliness and in return they receive PhP420 per day for 10 days as cash assistance,” Laxamana explained.
Both CAMP and TUPAD BKBK are social amelioration programs pursuant to Republic Act 11469 otherwise known as the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act.
Laxamana assured that there will still be more to be implemented under Republic Act 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act.
“DOLE has more programs to offer in the Bayanihan 2 to help our citizens, but for the meantime guidelines are being finalized before the second wave distribution of assistance,” she said.
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