DOLE sets guidelines for Boracay workers assistance

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 9) — Boracay workers whose jobs have been affected by the island's closure may soon claim monetary assistance from the government.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on May 4 issued guidelines on the government's adjustment measures program (AMP), which falls under the Boracay Emergency Employment Program (BEEP) through Department Order no. 191-18. This order will take effect on May 19.

Regular employees can receive ₱4,200 per month, or 50% of the monthly minimum wage for Region VI, for a period of six months.

However, employees who do not get a regular salary can only receive ₱2,100 per month, or 25% of the minimum wage for Region VI, for a period of three months.

BEEP AMP beneficiaries can also receive training from government agencies like the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Tourism or Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Displaced and suspended workers should submit to DOLE an accomplished BEEP AMP application form, a photocopy of their certificate of employment, a photocopy of any government-issued ID, and their Land Bank of the Philippines account details.

The DOLE Regional Director has the right to deny applications if the applicant is ineligible for the benefits, misrepresented facts, or submitted false documents.