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MAASIN CITY, April 6 (PIA) --The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has acknowledged that most local government units (LGUs) in the province are compliant in submitting the needed papers in behalf of the informal settlers in their locality.

“Fifteen out of 19 LGUs in the province have complied,” Marites Vinas, DOLE provincial director, told PIA when reached by her cellular phone this morning.

The other four LGUs are still in various stages of completing the documentary requirements, Vinas added without giving specifics.

Financial assistance to informal workers – tricycle drivers, vendors, daily wage earners, etc. – was spelled out under DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD), in which the amount of P5,000 can be availed per individual concerned.

TUPAD was also enshrined in Republic Act 11469, or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, as an emergency employment scheme to those workers who are badly affected by the strict quarantine orders now being imposed, provided they exert efforts to clean and sanitize their houses as a way to ward off the raging coronavirus disease.

During the brief phone interview, Vinas reported that her office coordinated closely with the designated public employment service officers (PESO) of the municipalities and city, including the provincial LGU.

As to the formal sector, Vinas said there were employers who already applied, but again she cannot disclose the number, even an estimated one, as everything was still in progress.

DOLE’s assistance for the workers with private employers – the formal sector – was covered under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP), in which the concerned employer was tasked to submit the employees’ voucher or payroll as basis for DOLE to disburse the cash aid. (ldl/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)