According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), at least 17,791 tourism workers in Eastern Visayas have received a cash aid of PHP88.95 million this year under the Department of Tourism (DOT) coronavirus disease 2019 adjustment measures (CAMP) program.
As of June 30, the DOLE regional office has enabled the delivery of monetary help to employees in the tourism sector displaced by the health crisis in the region’s six provinces.
Beneficiaries get a one-time PHP5,000 cash support from the national government under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, according to DOLE Eastern Visayas regional director Henry John Jalbuena in a media statement.
DOT Eastern Visayas regional director Karina Rosa Tiopes commended DOLE for this grant to tourism employees recognized by local government units as displaced by the pandemic.
CAMP was introduced for the first time in 2020, benefiting 20,092 displaced private employees in the region.
Displaced tourism sector workers were included in the cash distribution this year. This includes displaced accredited or licensed tour guides; employees of DOT-accredited primary and secondary tourism enterprises; local government unit-licensed primary tourism enterprises; and members of registered community-based tourism organizations.
Photo credit: Philippine News Agency. Sila Island Resort in San Vicente, Northern Samar.