Workers affected by the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to receive assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) next year, thanks to interventions made by Congress in the 2021 national budget.
Senator Sonny Angara, the chair of the Senate committee on finance, said the members of Congress were all in agreement that the workers affected by the pandemic should continue to receive some form of assistance from the government in 2021 because many of them are still without jobs.
“Marami pa din sa ating mga kababayan ang nahihirapan dahil nawalan sila ng trabaho na dulot ng pandemya. Kaya dinagdagan namin ang pondo ng DOLE para sa Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged or Displaced Workers Program (TUPAD) pati na rin sa Government Internship Program (GIP),” he said.
For the TUPAD and GIP, Angara said the budget was increased by close to 100 percent, from P9.93 billion under the National Expenditure Program to P19.036 billion in the final version of the General Appropriations Bill (GAB).
TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed.
GIP, on the other hand, aims to provide opportunities and engage young workers to serve the general public in government agencies/entities projects and programs at the national and local level.
The economy is in the early stages of opening up again after months of little to no activity because of the restrictions imposed under the community quarantines.