OVER 800 beneficiaries of the Ministry of Labor and Employment in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao's (MOLE-Barmm) eight aid programs in Tawi-Tawi have received their stipends and cash assistance.

The eight programs included the regular Government Internship Program (GIP), Hay-Aul Ulama GIP, Kulliyah GIP, Special Program for Employment of Students (Spes), Community Emergency Employment Program (Ceep), Sagip Batang Manggagawa (SBM) Program, Covid-19 Assistance Program (CAP) for Private and Establishment Employees, and the Livelihood Assistance for Bangsamoro Rural Employment through Entrepreneurial Development (Breed).

Sara Jane Sinsuat, Bureau of Employment Promotion and Welfare director, led the payout conducted in four days from January 11 to 14.

Sinsuat said 54 beneficiaries of the regular GIP, 26 of the Hay-Atul Ulama GIP, and seven Kulliyah GIP beneficiaries each received P14,850 equivalent to three-month salaries. Each monthly stipend is worth P4,950.

Sinsuat said that 200 beneficiaries under the SPES each received a stipend of P3,600 for their one-month service, while 250 beneficiaries under the Ceep each received P4,500 for their 15-day service.

Under the SBM Program, 100 beneficiaries were given a cash aid of P20,000 each, while 187 beneficiaries of the CAP for Private and Establishment Employees each received P5,000.

Fifteen beneficiary associations under the Breed program were each given P20,000 financial assistance.

Sinsuat said that all of the programs were undertaken in 2021 but the pandemic caused delay in the release of the allowances. (SunStar Zamboanga)