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DOLE, DOT expand coverage of aid for tourism workers

The Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Tourism have expanded the coverage of the beneficiaries in the tourism sector displaced by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

In a joint advisory issued yesterday relative to the implementation of DOLE-DOT Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2020-001, the government agencies said the beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Social Amelioration Program and of the Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program under the Bayanihan to Heal as One may also apply for the financial assistance under the Bayanihan to Recover as One.

The joint advisory added that workers of affected establishments that implemented flexible work arrangements (FWA) or alternative work scheme (AWS) are also included in the cash assistance.

“Any documentary proof of the implementation of FWAS or AWS, such as company notices or announcements, time records, or pay slips, shall suffice,” the DOLE-DOT added.

Also, the local government unit-Licensed Secondary Tourism Enterprises that have implemented retrenchment, temporary closure, or FWAS/AWS are qualified to apply for cash aid.

The DOLE and DOT said the relevant training required under Section 10 of JMC No. 2020-001 shall be undertaken by the qualified tour guide after the grant of financial assistance; hence it will no longer be a condition precedent to receiving the grant.

“The DOT shall issue a training voucher to endorse tour guides association or group for the conduct of a relevant training for its qualified members no later than June 30, 2021. Training expenses shall be charged against DOTS GAA fund,” it said. The program has an allocation of P3.1 billion.*PNA

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