MARAWI CITY, Oct. 6 —Fifty-three (53) private-sector workers received P5,000 worth of cash aid on Monday, October 5, under the Coronavirus Disease Assistance Program (CAP) of the Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE-BARMM).
A total of 12,037 private-sector workers across the Bangsamoro region will benefit from the said program.
The Office of the Chief Minister (OCM-BARMM) and Ministry of Finance, Budget and Management (MFBM) approved and released the fund amounting to P60,180,000 on August 17.
MOLE Minister Romeo K. Sema said this fund was conceptualized by MOLE-BARMM to give aid cash assistance to the workers in the region.
“Ang mga private sector workers ay malaking tulong sa paglago ng ating ekonomiya, kaya kung tatagal pa ang ganitong sitwasyon, malaki ang responsibilidad natin na tulungan sila,” Sema said.
(Private sector workers help in the growth of our economy, so if this situation continues, we have a great responsibility to help them.)
3,426 workers have already benefited from CAP of which 448 were from Mall of Alnor, 116 from Sultan Kudarat Islamic Academy (SKIA), 580 in Lamsan Incorporated, and 2,229 in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao.
One of the beneficiaries is Nilda Lawa, 46, a laundry worker in Pagana Kutawato Native Restaurant for almost six years, resident of Cotabato City.
“Salamat po sa lahat, malaking tulong ito sa akin lalo na sa mga anak ko na nag-aaral, ibibili ko ng mga gamit pang-eskwela ang apat kong anak at yung apo ko na inaalagaan ko rin,” Nilda said.
(Thank you all, this is a big help to me especially to my children who are studying, I will buy school supplies for my four children and my grandson who I also take care of.)
Lawyer Anwar Malang, owner of Pagana Kutawato Native Restaurant, said “this BARMM’s cash assistance for the private sector workers is of great help, especially now that businesses are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
CAP distribution is expected to conclude next week. (BPI/PIA-ICIC)