THE Department of Labor and Employment Region 6 conducted on May 17, 2018, an orientation of affected workers in Boracay on the implementation of Department Order No. 191, series of 2018 or the Guidelines on the Adjustment Measures Program (AMP) for Affected Workers due to the Boracay Island Rehabilitation.
The orientation held at the Casa Pilar Resort, Boracay Holiday Resort and the gymnasium of Brgy. Manoc-manoc was led by OIC-Assistant Secretary Benjo Benavidez and Director Dominique Tutay of the Bureau of Local Employment. Around 4,000 affected workers attended the activity.
BEEP AMP is the DOLE’s newest offering which seeks to ease the situation of affected workers in the formal sector through the provision of financial support linked to active labor market programs such as emergency employment, livelihood, and training. The program also seeks to mitigate the adverse economic impact of the temporary closure and rehabilitation of the Boracay Island.
Under the BEEP AMP, employees in Boracay Island and other parts of Malay, Aklan whose employment was interrupted or the payment of their regular wage stopped during the closure of the island resort and 30 days prior thereto, are eligible to avail of the program’s benefits.
These affected workers may avail of any or all of the program components under the BEEP AMP such as Financial Support or financial relief equivalent to 50% of the prevailing minimum wage of the region for displaced and suspended workers, and 25% for retained workers who do not receive regular wage; Employment Facilitation or access to available job opportunities suitable to the beneficiary’s qualifications; and Trainings fit to the needs of the beneficiary for skills enhancement and employability.
Specifically, displaced and suspended workers will receive 50% of the prevailing minimum wage in the Region or P4,205.50 per month, provided monthly for a maximum period of six (6) months, while retained workers who do not receive regular wage, 25% of the prevailing minimum wage or P2,102.75 provided in lump sum covering 3 months.
Benavidez and Tutay emphasized that in order to continuously receive financial support, beneficiaries approved to receive the 6-month financial support must submit, on or before the 15th of each month their Beneficiary Progress Report, two (2) proof of active search for employment or job contact, and one (1) proof of attendance to any training conducted by a government agency (for the first and fourth months of availment only).
Benavidez and Tutay also reminded all affected workers that they may submit their application requirements and monthly reports to the BEEP Operations Center – DOLE Satellite Desk in Boracay and Caticlan Jetty Port, DOLE Region 6or one of its Field Offices, or to any of the nearest DOLE Regional/Field/Satellite Offices in their areas.
Atty. Johnson G. Cañete, Regional Director of DOLE Region 6, said they expect to assist more than 18,700 affected employees based on the latest profiling data.
Cañete assures the public that all of DOLE 6’s Regional and Field Offices are ready and equipped to provide assistance should they receive applications for availment of the BEEP AMP.