DSWD: Families of barangay health workers, daycare workers, tanods eligible for SAP
Aileen Cerrudo • April 24, 2020 • 1740
Families of barangay health workers, daycare workers, tanods may now qualify for the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP), according to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
In a statement, the DSWD said it has adopted the recommendation of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to include eligible families of barangay health workers, daycare workers, and tanods as target beneficiaries.
“DSWD has already directed SAP implementers nationwide to include the eligible families of the barangay workers as target beneficiaries of the cash subsidy, subject to assessment and in accordance with the guidelines of the program,” their statement reads.
According to the department, barangay workers are generally excluded from the emergency subsidy under the Bayanihan Fund: Tulong Laban sa COVID-19 SAP. However, based on their consultation with the DILG, barangay workers can be defined as those who earn a wage below the prescribed minimum and are the sole income-earner of their family.
“As such, they may be considered to receive the assistance and are now excluded from government workers who are ineligible for SAP,” the DSWD said.
Meanwhile, the DSWD continues to provide cash subsidies under the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” which amounts to P5,000 to P8,000. AAC
To protect public transport commuters against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), they will be required to wear face shields, beginning August 15, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.
Based on a memorandum circular of the DOTr, transport sector leaders are directed to implement a “no-face shield, no- ride” policy which will be effective in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).
DOTr Spokesperson Goddes Hope Libiran said transmission is very critical in public transportation.
“Nag-add tayo ng stricter health and sanitation protocol, iyong pagsusuot ng full-face shield sa pasahero (We added stricter health and sanitation protocol which includes wearing full-face shields),“ she said.
Meanwhile, Taytay, Rizal has already released an ordinance on mandatory face shields.
Several commuters, however, raised concerns over additional expenses amid the pandemic. The DOTr said it is better to purchase face shields instead of paying for hospital bills later due to infection. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)
In preparation for the opening of classes, the Department of Education (DepEd) will conduct a virtual launch that will feature schools’ localized implementation of the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP).
DepEd’s ‘Handang Isip, Handa Bukas’ will be launched on Monday (August 10) where 10 schools of different types nationwide are set to show how they have contextualized the BE-LCP through simulation activities.
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The schools that will participate will include: Navotas National High School, Mangayon Elementary School, Don Ruben E. Ecleo Sr. Memorial National High School, Calay IP School, Malaya Elementary School, Don Luis Hidalgo Memorial School (Rural-Complete School), Sucao ES (Multigrade School), Santiago City NHS (Urban-Medium), Shining Light Academy (Private), and TAGUMpay Palengskwelahan ALS Center (Community Learning Center).
Parents and learners that will participate will also provide testimonies of their experiences during the dry runs.
The program will be livestreamed on DepEd’s Facebook page, government channels, and other regional local channels. AAC
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday (August 4) reported that more than 120,000 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFW) are now back in their respective provinces.
DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that according to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administratio (OWWA), the department has assisted and sent home 122,369 OFWs since May.
“We will not get tired of assisting our returning OFWs, and facilitate their transport to the provinces and be with their families. This is just a small way to repay their enormous contribution to our country,” Bello said.
The labor chief also said that the labor department has almost exhausted the P2.5-billion AKAP assistance fund being extended to both on-site and repatriated OFWs affected by the pandemic. AAC
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