DSWD-6 sends home displaced workers

Displaced Boracay Island workers seek help at the operation center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Barangay Balabag, Boracay. Boracay has been closed to tourism activities for a much needed rehabilitation. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN

BORACAY – Displaced workers leaving this island resort for home could receive transportation allowance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 6.

The lowest a worker could get is P1,500 and the maximum is P5,000, said Regional Director Rebecca Geamala.

The amount of transportation allowance would depend on how far the displaced worker lives.

“Giving transportation allowance to workers affected by Boracay’s closure is the first step our agency is taking to help them,” said Geamala.

Once a displaced worker reaches home, he or she would get referrals from his or her place’s social welfare office.

“They will be provided with support services,” said Geamala.

From April 23 to April 26 (the day Boracay was officially closed for rehabilitation), the transportation allowance DSWD-6 released already reached P2.5 million covering 1,021 displaced workers.

DSWD-6’s estimate of workers affected by the island’s closure reached some 36,000.

It recommended to its national office to allot some P500-million budget to help these workers. The help would include sustainable livelihood and cash-for-work programs./PN


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