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Php6.5M DOLE aid awarded to bioethanol workers 

The Department of Labor and Employment through its Regional Office 6–Negros Occidental Field Office (DOLE RO 6–NOFO) facilitated the release of Php 4,286,573.25 to 491 bioethanol plant workers in Negros Occidental.  

The DOLE Western Visayas region reported that under Republic Act 9367 or the “The Biofuel Act of 2006,” 80 percent of the levy collected from the bioethanol utilizing molasses as feedstock will be used to support the Social Amelioration Workers Program (SAWP) for the bioethanol workers.

Bioethanol fuel is mainly produced by the sugar fermentation process. It is principally used as a petrol substitute.

Victorias Milling Corporation (VMC), URC La Carlota Distillery, Asian Alcohol, and Kooll Company Incorporated, released the said Financial Benefit Fund (FBF) on December 28, 2022, January 6, 2023, and January 16, 2023, respectively. 

The FBF released recently covers Calendar Year 2022. The amount received by the workers ranges from Php5,000.00 to Php20,000.00 depending on the company’s production.

Regional Director Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr. directed the DOLE RO 6-NOFO to conduct an accurate and thorough profiling of the beneficiaries before its distribution to ensure that those who received the benefit are qualified under the Department Order 222-21 or the Revised Guidelines on the Implementation of the Social Amelioration and Welfare Program for Workers in the Biofuel Industry. 

Apart from the FBF, a Php 2,304,000 financial assistance benefiting 1,152 bioethanol plant workers was also released by DOLE RO 6- NOFO to mitigate the impact brought by Tropical Storm Odette that hit Visayas and Mindanao areas on December 16, 2021. The torrential downpours, high gusts, floods, and storm surges damaged 10 million hectares of crop area and estimated damage of around 20 billion pesos.

To mitigate the calamity’s impact, a Php2,000 financial assistance was released to qualified bioethanol workers in the affected areas. 

For Negros Occidental, the assistance covers the bioethanol plants of Kooll Company Inc., Universal Robina Corporation-La Carlota, San Carlos Bioenergy Corp, and Victorias Milling Corporation. jpm//fmdl


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