Over 400,000 displaced tourism workers receive cash aid from DOT-DOLE

Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has announced the approval of cash assistance to be provided to 465,530 tourism workers across the country. The cash aid is part of the Cash Assistance Program of the DOT and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) under the national government’s Bayanihan 2 Covid-response initiative.

A total of ₱2,327.650 was allocated to tourism workers in the following regions: National Capital Region (39,429), Cordillera Administrative Region (26,908), Region 1 (45,707), Region 2 (17,293), Region 3 (55,974), Region 4A (61,392), Region 4B (56,955); Region 5 (11,468), Region 6 (45,429), Region 7 (31,712), Region 8 (13,327), Region 9 (6,609), Region 10 (13,939), Region 11 (26,095), Region 12 (5,661), and Region 13 (7,630).

“We are hopeful that this financial assistance will provide some relief to our most affected stakeholders and tourism workers during these difficult times,” said Sec. Romulo-Puyat. “While it may help in the short term, we believe that the best way to help stakeholders, in the long run, is to develop a tourism industry that is stronger, more resilient, and more adaptable to change.”

By April 28, over ₱1.6 million were already released and remitted to 325,678 workers. About ₱699,260 for 139,852 tourism workers are pending disbursement.

Of the total approved tourism workers, 15,982 were working in establishments, associations, and organizations nationwide. Individual applicants for the cash aid were 15,328 in total.