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Over 6,000 displaced tourism sector workers get aid from DOLE

Tacloban City – Some 6,564 workers from the tourism sector in Eastern Visayas affected by the COVID-19 pandemic were assisted by the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 8 through its COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program-Department of Tourism (CAMP-DOT) program as of June 16, 2021.

Each beneficiary received a one-time financial assistance amounting to Php 5,000.00 per DOLE-DOT Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2021-001 issued last February 3, 2021.  Said JMC entitles displaced tourism sector workers to avail of financial assistance pursuant to RA 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2).

DOLE-RO8 Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena said that there are still more workers to get paid before the end of June 2021.

“Well, there are still more than 10,000 displaced tourism sector workers in the region who will be paid before the end of this month”, said Director Jalbuena.

Director Jalbuena added that simultaneous payouts in different field offices are presently being done so that the beneficiaries may be able to claim their assistance and use it for their needs. 

“We are now fast-tracking the payment of the financial assistance to our beneficiaries. Simultaneous payouts are being done at our seven (7) field offices so that the cash aid will finally reach the hands of our affected workers who need it most”, Jalbuena added.

It can be recalled that on May 10, 2021, the department has announced the cessation of acceptance of online applications for financial assistance under DOLE-DOT CAMP as the number of target beneficiaries for the Php3.1 billion assistance was already reached. 

CAMP is DOLE’s safety net program which aims to provide financial support to private sector workers to mitigate the adverse economic impacts brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. End/Norma Rae S. Costimiano

Regional Director

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