409 formal sector workers in Boracay receive aid

A TOTAL of 409 formal sector workers affected by the closure of Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan received financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The recipients are among the first batch of workers who received the aid under the department’s Boracay Emergency Employment Program – Adjustment Measures Program (BEEP AMP) on June 27, 2018.

Suspended and displaced workers received an initial P4,205.50 while retained employees got a lump sum of P6,308.25 covering three months worth of assistance.

DOLE-6 assistant regional director Salome O. Siaton said the first tranche would be deposited directly to their account under the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) at the end of the reference month.

“Beneficiaries who submitted their applications beyond the fifth day of the reference month will receive their first tranche of financial support on the next schedule of release the following month,” Siaton said.

To continue receiving the subsequent aid, the workers should submit their beneficiary progress report, two proofs of job contract, and one proof of attendance to any training conducted by the government (for the first and fourth months of availment only). “DOLE Region 6 is working arduously to accommodate all BEEP-AMP applications to ensure that all affected workers receive the benefits of the program,” Siaton said.

Eddie Hermogenes, a suspended worker, said the amount he received is a big help to his family to defray their expenses while he is unemployed.

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