Nearly 400,000 tourism workers receive P5,000 cash aid from DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   April 14, 2021   •   565

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) approved the application of close to 400,000 tourism sector workers for the one-time P5,000 aid under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).

As of April 11, the DOLE said 14,301 tourism establishments, organizations, and associations nationwide have applied for the financial aid on behalf of their employees which account for 370,434 beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, a total of 13,123 workers applied individually for the cash aid.

The awarding was led on Monday (April 12) by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat to select beneficiaries in the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal in a virtual ceremony.

The Labor Chief encouraged tourism sector workers who were displaced by the pandemic “especially those affected by the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila, including the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal to apply for the financial aid” being jointly implemented by the labor and tourism departments.

Of the assistance, P1.2 billion was already remitted to payment centers, while the remaining P719.2 million is awaiting disbursement.

No delays in distribution of ECQ ayuda in NCR today — DILG

Marje Pelayo   •   August 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines  — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday (August 11) assured that there will be no delays in the distribution of cash aid from the national government for low-income individuals in the National Capital Region (NCR) affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

“As agreed with the Metro Manila Council, all local government units (LGUs) in the NCR will be starting their Ayuda II distribution today, including the City of Manila,” said DILG Spokesperson Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya.

First to announce its distribution of cash aid was the city of Manila.

According to Malaya, the DILG and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are the main agencies tasked to supervise the start of the ‘Ayuda II’ distribution in the city to ensure the orderly conduct of payout activities.

Malaya said additional personnel from the DSWD and the DILG have been deployed to all distribution sites in the city to supervise the pay-out.

The official cited DILG Secretary Eduardo Año who directed PMGen Vicente Danao to deploy additional police officers and social distance patrollers to all distribution sites to maintain order.

The DILG assured that representatives of national government agencies that are members of the Joint Monitoring and Inspection Committee will also be present at all distribution points in other LGUs to monitor and ensure compliance with Joint Memorandum Circular No. 3.

The ceremonial distribution of Ayuda II is at 9:30 AM at the Jose Abad Santos High School in Binondo, Manila.

Cash aid distribution in NCR to start on August 11 – DILG

Robie de Guzman   •   August 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Local government units (LGU) in Metro Manila will begin on Wednesday, August 11, the distribution of cash aid to population affected by the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said.

In his report to President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that LGUs in Metro Manila, along with the DILG, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Department of National Defense are working for the issuance of the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 3.

Under DILG’s Joint Memorandum Circular No.3 series of 2021, P10.98 billion will be used to subsidize over 10 million low-income Filipinos in Metro Manila.

Año said the recipients will be the low-income individuals and families identified by the LGUs. Long-term or temporary NCR residents affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) are entitled to receive the cash aid.

The interior chief said they are working on a P278-million supplemental budget to ensure that all qualified Metro Manila residents will receive government support.

“At sisiguraduhin po na magiging maayos ang distribution sa tulong ng Philippine National Police at Armed Forces of the Philippines. Magbibigay po ako ng ulat kada linggo kapag nagsimula na po ang ating pagbibigay ng ayuda,” he said.

Metro Manila was placed under ECQ from August 6 to 20 to curb the further spread of COVID-19, particularly its highly transmissible variants.

Año said the DILG will strictly enforce government guidelines on the movement of people within the ECQ area.

The DILG has released an advisory to the LGUs for aggressive testing, contact tracing and isolation of infected individuals to contain the spread of the virus, he added.

Duterte removes authority of one LGU to distribute cash aid

Marje Pelayo   •   August 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  President Rodrigo Duterte has taken away the authority of one Metro Manila local government unit to distribute cash aid due to its “disorganized” mayor.  The President did not name the LGU concerned.

“May isang siyudad lang dito na ang tao naghintay lang ng direksyon kung papaano. But I think it is the mayor who has a disorganized mind,” Duterte said during his taped public address on Monday (August 9).

For this reason, he has ordered the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to take over the task of distributing financial aid to the unnamed LGU’s constituents.

“I ordered your department [DILG] and itong [DSWD] na kayo na ang magbigay ng mga ayuda pati ‘yung mga kung anong maitulong sa national government sa local government units na walang alam, na hindi marunong mag-organize ng mga distribution and it only results in disorder,” he said.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) last week released P10.8 billion to fund the cash assistance for low income households affected by the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

The Metro Manila mayors agreed to begin the distribution on August 11 and were given 15 days to complete the distribution to their respective constituents.

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