The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) released a total of P5,662,705.50 for the payment of salaries of 1,420 emergency employment beneficiaries in Boracay under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.

The beneficiaries are informal sector workers and indigenous people who were affected by the closure of the resort island.

Secretary Silvestre Bello III led the pay-out of salaries to the TUPAD workers who were the first batch of beneficiaries of the DOLE’s emergency employment program.

He was joined by Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod, Secretary Benjamin Diokno of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

They also distributed the salaries of 57 members of the Ati tribe amounting to P4,852.50 each.

The rest of the worker-beneficiaries were paid through M. Lhuillier Financial Services.

Meanwhile, the DOLE Regional Office No. 6 also led the orientation on the Adjustment Measures Program (AMP) to affected formal sector workers in the island.

It is a safety net program providing formal sector workers with an integrated and comprehensive package of assistance such as financial support, employment facilitation, and training.

Interested beneficiaries may visit http://www.ble.dole.gov.ph/index.php/beep-amp for more information on the program.

Through the Boracay Emergency Employment Program (BEEP), Bello assured the public of DOLE’s continued commitment to providing employment assistance and interventions to affected workers during the island’s temporary closure.

END/aldm/ with reports from Niezel Anen T. Sabrido, DOLE RO6

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