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DOLE to start releasing P5k cash aid to affected workers —Bello


The government's one-time financial assistance of P5,000 pesos each for workers unable to work due to the enhanced community quarantine will be released starting this Friday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.

In an interview on Super Radyo dzBB, Bello said all employees, regardless of employment status are covered by the financial assistance, if they are unable to work due to the community quarantine aimed at stemming the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019. 

 

Asked in the interview when the assistance will be released, he said, "Ang alam ko ngayon na kaagad." 

But he clarified that those who can avail of the P5,000 one-time assistance to affected workers will be based on the payroll list submitted to Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) by employers.

Also, Bello reiterated that the Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Displaced/Underprivileged Workers (TUPAD) financial assistance program for informal workers is expected to start this Friday.

In the dzzBB interview, Bello said DOLE  employees will distribute cleaning solutions and PPEs (personal protective equipment) people in the informal sector to clean and disinfect their homes.

The payment will be based on the minimum wage rate in their area.

This would cover all affected members of the informal sector, including tricycle drivers, taxi drivers, street vendors, and all making a living in the streets who are unable to do their work due to the enhanced community quarantine. —LBG, GMA News

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