THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has so far disbursed a total of P61.32 million in wages to Central Visayas informal workers who joined its disinfection project.
Some 15,000 laborers in the informal economy in the region have availed themselves of the Dole’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (Tupad).
Dole 7 Director Salome Siaton said of the total fund spent, P60.87 million went to the wages of beneficiaries.
Workers were paid using the highest prescribed minimum wage rate applicable in the region, which is P404 per day. They were required to work for only four hours daily for 10 days.
Tupad caters to informal workers who lost their income source due to the enhanced community quarantine.
These workers include the self-employed, occasional workers, house helpers, transport drivers, small vendors, sub-minimum wage workers, farmers and fishermen, among others.
The local government units through their barangays or respective public employment service offices lead the implementation of the program.
They identify the beneficiaries and work on the completion and submission of documentary requirements to Dole field offices.
Meanwhile, cash grants totaling P10.1 billion have been credited to more than 1.2 million employees of small businesses so far under the Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) program as part of the Duterte administration’s efforts to provide relief to poor and low-middle-income families along with other vulnerable sectors hardest-hit by the economic fallout from the Covid-19 outbreak.
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said, “according to a report from the SBWS interagency task force, the first tranche of subsidies has been credited to a total of 1,261,044 beneficiary employees as of May 6. The amount of P10.1 billion has been deposited to the employees’ bank or PayMaya accounts and sent to MLhuillier, for those who chose to receive the subsidy via money remittance.”
MLhuillier Kwarta Padala, through the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), is the partner-remittance center of the Social Security System in the disbursement of wage subsidies to unbanked beneficiaries.
Approximately 183,677 more beneficiaries were expected to receive their cash subsidies by May 7, Dominguez added.
The SSS has partnered with the DBP to automate the payout of the subsidy, which has allowed the distribution to scale up in a short span of time.
The SBWS aims to provide a monthly wage subsidy of P5,000 to P8,000 for two months to around 3.4 million eligible employees of small businesses affected by the work stoppages resulting from the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon and similar containment measures in other parts of the country that were imposed last March to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The initial payouts, which represent the first tranche of the SBWS subsidies, began on April 30, one day ahead of the announced May 1 to 15 schedules of release. Payouts for the second tranche are scheduled for May 16 to 31. (CSL with PR)