The government has provided close to PHP30-billion financial assistance to over 3 million local and overseas workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay, in a recent Laging Handa briefing, said some P28.8 billion under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Bayanihan 1) and the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2) were allocated to extend cash aid to formal and informal sector employees and OFWs stranded here and displaced abroad.
“Under Bayanihan 1 and 2, we have about PHP28.8 billion financial assistance to some 3.4 million workers from the formal sector, informal sector, and repatriated OFWs,” she said, referring to DOLE’s three major programs — the Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP), Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program, and the Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP). “For CAMP which is a one-time cash assistance worth PHp5,000, we were able to provide for 1.6 million workers from the formal sector,” she said. “Under TUPAD, the emergency employment for the informal sector, we were able to assist 1.4 million informal sector workers,” she added.
Tutay said the P10,000 cash aid provided under AKAP helped 427,000 OFWs, and based on their monitoring, over 4 million workers in the country have been permanently lost their jobs, while some 4.5 million workers under flexible work arrangement were affected by temporary work closure.