The Department of Labor and Employment has provided some P6.3 million aid to various workers’ associations in Mimaropa to help marginalized workers recover from the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
The beneficiaries include fishers association, coconut farmers, tricycle drivers, motorcycle shop workers, women’s group, and displaced workers from the provinces of Mindoro and Romblon.
In Mindoro, 96 members from fishers’ organization and tricycle drivers association received P725,000 assistance from the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program.
In Romblon, DOLE released P1 million to Sta. Maria Coconut Farmers and Processing Association for their production of high value-added coconut products
DOLE Region 4-B Director Albert E. Gutib said the SMCFPA is the first producer of coconut oil in the Province of Romblon. They are also assisted by the Department of Science and Technology in producing quality cooking oil.
In Occidental Mindoro, the Samahan ng mga Inang Nagkakaisa ng Tahanan Association also received P500,000 assistance for their bakery project.
Meanwhile, 500 more displaced workers in Occidental Mindoro will benefit from DOLE’s 1.6 million-peso Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.
TUPAD program is a community-based package of short-term wage employment assistance of the department to mitigate the impact of calamities, disasters, and pandemics on workers in the informal economy.
The 500 displaced worker-beneficiaries are in addition to the 5,765 beneficiaries already provided with emergency employment assistance in the province since April of this year.
DOLE also released P1.5 million emergency employment assistance to informal workers in the municipality of Concepcion, Romblon. The workers received daily wage assistance through the TUPAD or emergency employment program.