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Over 7k workers benefited the 41.2-M that Bello released in Region-7

Cebu City, Philippines. In his recent visits to Region-7, Labor Secretary Silvestre ‘Bebot’ H. Bello III already released 41.2 Million Pesos in financial assistance and emergency employment wages benefiting more than 7 thousand workers, both in the formal and informal sectors.

When he visited the Northern towns of Cebu last June, Bello released the livelihood assistance and distributed the salaries to the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) beneficiaries, cash assistance to the private sector workers affected by the pandemic under the Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) as well as cash aid to OFWs amounting to over Fifteen Million Pesos benefiting around 1,921 workers.

To recall, the Secretary went to the municipalities of Medellin, Cebu and the three municipalities of Bantayan Island – Sta. Fe, Madridejos and Bantayan, where he personally released the financial assistance. In Medellin, around 37 associations with 977 members benefited the livelihood assistance worth almost 11 Million Pesos. In the town of Madridejos, Bello released 1.8 Million Pesos that covered the salaries of 464 TUPAD beneficiaries; more than Php 400,000.00 for the salaries of about 100 TUPAD workers in Bantayan and another 1.2 Million for the salaries of the 302 TUPAD beneficiaries in Sta. Fe. Also released was the financial assistance of some 37 beneficiaries in the same town under the Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) collectively amounting to Php185,000.00.

Cash aid and financial assistance to the pandemic-affected OFWs in the said municipalities amounting to Php510,000.00 was also handed over to the pandemic-affected OFWs under the DOLE-AKAP, Tabang OFW and Project Ease programs covering 41 beneficiaries.

Just last month, Bello visited Cebu again and this time he went to the towns of Barili, Aloguinsan, Balamban and the city of Toledo to release the livelihood assistance, OFW cash aid and TUPAD salaries of beneficiaries that also covered those from the town of Asturias. For that 2-day visit in Southern Cebu, the Secretary, together with OWWA released over 26 Million Pesos benefitting more than 5 thousand workers.

10.3 Million in financial assistance and TUPAD wages was released in Barili and Aloguinsan, Cebu, while 15.8 Million more in financial assistance and TUPAD wages was also released in Balamban, Asturias and Toledo City. The OWWA financial assistance also covered the OFWs and their dependents from the towns of Dumanjug and Pinamungajan.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton said that Secretary Bello pointed out the need to continue upholding the benefits and welfare of the workers, local and overseas alike.

“And we are so delighted because Secretary Bello has just been elected as the ILO’s Government Group Chairperson. With the challenge of leading the ILO body that he has taken on, he could make it as an integral part of his Chairmanship at the ILO to bring in more assistance to the workers,” said Director Siaton.

As the ILO’s Government Group Chairperson, Bello can (1) Chair and preside over the meetings of the Government Group during the International Labour Conference and the Governing Body Sessions; (2) Serve as the communication channel for the Government Group to reach the groups of the social partners – the Employers’ Group and the Workers’ Group; (3) Speak for the Government Group, where he could be the voice of the Group in the International Labour Conference, regional meetings, technical or sectoral meetings, and the Governing Body Sessions; (4) Build Consensus, where he could facilitate negotiation within the Government Group for the Group to adopt a common position on issues including international labour standards; (5) Set the Governing Body agenda; and (6) Nominate various offices or membership in meetings and committees.

“The DOLE has been consistent in implementing its programs despite the pandemic. But given the situation and the menacing rising cases that Covid-19 poses, Secretary Bello vowed to make it as an integral part of his Chairmanship at the ILO to bring in more assistance to the workers,” said Director Siaton.

She added that under Secretary Bello’s leadership and guidance, DOLE-RO 7 has managed to attain its mid-year (January to June 2021) accomplishments under its various major programs especially on the interventions initiated in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under the Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP-DOT), DOLE disbursed Php174,700,000.00 benefiting 34,940 workers coming from 1,548 establishments.

For TUPAD, the Region recorded 57,108 informal sector workers benefiting from the Php262,654,126.00 total amount disbursed by the Department.

As of June, there have been 1,335 OFWs who benefited from the cash assistance disbursed at Php40,083,375.00 under the TABANG OFW program.

Under the DOLE-AKAP, the Department disbursed Php45,440,000.00 benefiting 4,544 OFWs and/or their dependents.

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza

 

For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

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2021-08-09
SALOME O. SIATON
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