Release of gov’t subsidy for small business workers nearing completion — DOF
Robie de Guzman • June 15, 2020 • 415
MANILA, Philippines – Government payouts to workers of small businesses heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic are nearing completion, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.
Finance Assistant Secretary and spokesperson Antonio Joselito Lambino II said that both tranches of the two-month Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) are now at more than 97 percent completion.
“As of June 11, around a month after the application deadline, payouts for both tranches of the program are at a combined 97.4-percent completion rate,” Lambino said in a statement issued on Sunday.
“For the first tranche, 3.05 million, or 98.8 percent of the 3.09 million qualified beneficiaries, have their SBWS ready for withdrawal from their bank or PayMaya accounts or for pick up from MLhuillier Kwarta Padala outlets,” he added.
Lambino said that around 40,000 remaining employees are still awaiting confirmation or requiring correction of their bank account numbers or cellphone numbers, for those who chose to receive their subsidy through PayMaya or Lhuillier.
For the second tranche, 2.96 million, or 97.4 percent of beneficiaries, have their SBWS ready for withdrawal or pickup, he added.
“This means that more than P44 billion-worth of subsidies for two months have been credited directly to the SBWS program’s intended beneficiaries in less than two months,” Lambino said.
“What has allowed the government to quickly distribute the aid relatively smoothly was the use of automated processing and digital technologies in running the program,” he added.
Lambino explained that, by design, the SBWS program is largely automated and digital, with manual processing kept to a minimum.
He said the government took advantage of available technologies, cloud computing, and the electronic databases of Social Security System (SSS) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to quickly distribute the subsidy for millions of workers.
“The implementing agencies have been able to accurately target intended beneficiaries and quickly distribute the subsidy to millions of employees with zero face-to-face contact between the beneficiaries and government,” he said.
Each qualified worker is entitled to receive P5,000 to 8,000 monthly for two months under this SBWS program, which is jointly implemented by the DOF, BIR and SSS.
The SBWS supports qualified employees of small businesses who did not get paid for at least two months due to the work stoppages resulting from the community quarantine and other containment measures imposed by the national and local governments since mid-March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
SBWS subsidies are either credited directly to the beneficiaries’ chosen banks or PayMaya e-wallet accounts or sent through cash remittance via MLhuillier Kwarta Padala.
The SBWS interagency task force is chaired by the DOF, represented by Lambino, and with SSS President-CEO Aurora Ignacio and BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa as members.
MANILA, Philippines – Muli nang binuksan ngayong araw ang isla ng Boracay para sa mga turista matapos ang mahigit anim na buwang pagsasara bunsod ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Ibig sabihin, maaari nang bumisita sa isla ang mga nais mag-bakasyon. Ngunit paalala ng Department of Tourism (DOT), may mga requirement na kailangang sundin.
Batay sa ibinabang panuntunan ng DOT, ang mga magbabakasyon sa Boracay ay obligadong sumailalim sa RT-PCR test para sa COVID-19, at ipakita ang dokumentong nagpapatunay na negatibo sila sa virus dalawa hanggang tatlong araw bago ang petsa ng kanilang biyahe.
Habang hinihintay ang resulta ng test, dapat ding sumailalim sa quarantine ang pasahero hanggang sa araw ng kanilang biyahe.
Sinabi rin ni Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat na kailangang may kumpirmadong booking ang pasahero sa alinman sa 200 accredited hotels sa Boracay.
“Pwede ngang galing sa NCR at saka no age restrictions. Of course, ang importante pala, kailangan naka-book ka sa isang hotel. Lahat ng hotel doon dapat DOT-accredited hotel kasi ‘yon ay pumasa sa health and safety protocols ng DOT,” ang wika ni Romulo-Puyat.
Payo ng kalihim sa mga biyahero, alamin sa website ng DOT ang iba pang requirement bago sila magbiyahe upang maiwasan ang aberya.
Kasabay ng pagbubukas ng turismo sa isla ay ibinalik na rin ang biyahe ng mga eroplano patungong Boracay.
Dalawa hanggang tatlong flight schedules kada linggo ang inilaan ng Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific at Air Asia.
Ayon kay Michelle Lim, ang Corporate Communications Specialist ng Cebu Pacific Air, kakaunti lang ang bumiyahe pa-Boracay ngayong araw ngunit inaasahan na nila ito lalo’t marami ang nangangamba sa kanilang kaligtasan sa gitna ng pandemiya.
“The flight was about, it had about 10 percent of the seats occupied. The load kasi are building pa at the moment. In the next few weeks or months, as more people are inspired to travel as well and are assured that everything is safe and everything is all set for them, then it would encourage them to go out and travel,” ang pahayag ni Lim.
Paalala rin ng mga otoridad na mahigpit pa ring ipinatutupad ang health protocols gaya ng pagsusuot ng face mask at face shield, physical distancing at minimum contact upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng COVID-19.
Nanawagan rin ang airline companies sa mga pasahero na alamin ang updated travel restrictions at regulations na inilalatag ng pamahalaan sa gitna ng nararanasang krisis. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)
Under the new normal, the Quezon City government is requiring bicycle riders to wear helmets while traversing roads in the city.
Mayor Joy Belmonte approved Ordinance No. SP-2942 to further encourage bike-riders to wear helmets as protection, especially with more people traveling by bicycle.
“Ngayong bahagi na ng new normal ang pagbibisikleta, nais nating gawing mas ligtas ang aktibidad na ito para sa mga dumadaan sa ating lungsod, (Since biking is part of the new normal, we want this activity to be safe for everyone travelling in our city),” she said.
The ordinance sets penalties imposing fines of P1,000, P3,000 and P5,000 for the first, second and third offense, respectively.
Belmonte recently initiated the implementation of a Bike Lane Project to provide a safe place for people who have shifted to biking as an alternative means of transportation amid the community quarantine. AAC
The provincial government of Cavite on Thursday announced that it will allow visits to cemeteries from October 1 to 27 but laid down some rules for those planning to do so to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
In a Facebook post, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla said the cemeteries in the province are open during said period from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. but will be closed from October 28 to November 2 as agreed by local authorities.
He also warned visitors that eating meals and drinking alcoholic beverages inside the cemeteries are prohibited. Videokes and selling of food are also not allowed.
“Bawal po ang kainan kahit sa mga pribado at sosyal na libingan. Mga alta, matutong makisama. Kung bawal ang kainan, lalong bawal ang inuman at lasingan,” Remulla said.
“Bawal maglako ng mga pagkain at inumin sa sementeryo,” he added.
The governor said the municipal and city government will also issue regulations on the number of persons allowed to enter the cemeteries in their respective areas.
He stressed that visitors should strictly observe health protocols including the wearing of face mask and face shield.
“Kailangan naka-face mask at face shield. Mag-ingat lamang sa mga aksidente lalo na sa pagsindi ng kandila dahil ang face shield ay gawa sa plastic,” Remulla said.
He likewise emphasized that those below 18 years of age are not allowed to go to cemeteries.
“Ang mga bata below 18 years old ay bawal pumunta sa sementeryo. Alam ko na mahirap ito pero mas malakas mahawa at magkalat ng sakit ang mga kabataan kaysa matatanda,” Remulla explained.
“Dahil sa pandemya, ay kailangan pa rin nating paulit-ulit na ipaalala ang social distancing rules. Lagpas 10,000 na ang positibo sa COVID dito sa Cavite at malakas ang kutob ko na baka lalong kumalat ang sakit na ito ngayong papalapit na undas,” he added.
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