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DOT, DOLE call on Central Luzon tourism workers to apply for aid

Dec 9, 2020 @ 20:02
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The Department of Tourism (DOT) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Central Luzon called on tourism sector workers displaced by the Covid-19 pandemic to apply for financial aid, officials said.

DOT Regional Director Carolina Uy said the financial assistance and cash-for-work program is part of the government’s efforts under Republic Act 11494 otherwise known as Bayanihan to Recover As One Act to address the negative impacts of the pandemic on the tourism sector.

In a Philippine Information Agency (PIA) report, Uy said qualified applicants should either be displaced employees of DOT-accredited establishments, members of registered Community-Based Tourism Organizations (CBTOs), and displaced DOT-accredited and local government unit licensed tour guides.

“Applicants who are registered under Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Social Amelioration Program can still be accepted if deemed qualified. In addition, workers of establishments which implemented a flexible work arrangement (FWA) and alternate work schemes (AWS) can also apply under the program,” she said in the report.

Requirements for application of those belonging in the DOT-accredited or local government unit (LGU)-licensed primary and secondary tourism enterprises include payroll, photocopy of DOT accreditation certificate or certified true copy of LGU license or business permit.

They will also need proof of unemployment of displaced tourism worker, and any documentary proof of the implementation of FWA and AWS such as company notices or announcements, time records, and pay slips.

“For those under the CBTOs, they need to submit a copy of valid registration certificate from the relevant national government agency (NGA) or LGU, and the list of active members certified by the organization or association head,” Uy said.

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