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DOLE QUEZON COLLABORATES WITH PESO QUEZON & DOT TO ASSIST COVID-AFFECTED TOURISM ESTABLISHMENTS

On October 30, 2020, the Department of Labor and Employment together with the Department of Tourism issued Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2020-001 which provided the guidelines on financial assistance and cash for work program for displaced workers and tour guides in the Tourism industry.  However, due to its stringent requirements, only a small number of tourism establishments availed the said program.  

In order for both agencies of government to expand the coverage of the DOT--DOLE JMC to aid pandemic-affected tourism businesses, Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2021-001 was promulgated on February 3, 2021.  The new guidelines included the beneficiaries of the Department of Finance’s Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS), SSS Unemployment Benefits and the LGU-Licensed Tourism Support Service Providers, Enterprises and Associations.

Moreover, to ensure the participation of target beneficiaries, the Department of Tourism concentrated on top tourist destinations as may be determined by its Regional Offices.

In Quezon province, the top destinations identified by DOT Region IV-A based on the number of overnight stay were Mauban, Sariaya and Tayabas City.  DOT and DOLE were expected to enroll at least 35,000 beneficiaries from the region. 

As an offshoot of the meeting between the two agencies held at the DOLE Regional Office and following the advice of DOLE IV-A Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman, DOLE Quezon tapped the local Public Employment Service Office Managers of the three top tourist destinations identified by DOT to assist the local tourism officers in soliciting the participation of tourism-related businesses to avail of the cash assistance benefits, namely, Ms. Mayanne Unlayao of Mauban, Mr. Reymond Razon of Sariaya and Ms. Mary Lou Montoya of Tayabas City.

Simultaneous orientations and on the spot registration to the DOLE portal of interested and qualified beneficiaries for Quezon were conducted through the support of the local governments of Mauban, Sariaya and Tayabas City on last February 18-19, 23-24 and 25-26, respectively.  DOLE QPO Head Edwin Hernandez together with Ms. Genecille Aguirre, Employment Focal and Engineers Ma. Angelica Balasta and Donna Melany Abanilla personally supervised the said activities. 

DOT Region IV-A personnel facilitated the orientation and the on-the-spot issuance of endorsement prior to registration with the DOLE portal while the PESO Managers and the local tourism officers facilitated the on-the-spot issuance of certification from the Mayor’s office. 

As of this writing, the DOLE system for CAMP DOT in Quezon was able to accept 5,996 registered workers who are interested to avail the said financial assistance.

 

In photo are QPO Head Edwin Hernandez (extreme left), Employment Focal Genecille Aguirre, DOLE CAMP Focal Engr. Ma. Angelica B. Balasta, PESO Tayabas Mary Lou Montoya and local Tourism Officer Roselle Villaverde together with DOT staff during the orientation held on February 25, 2021 in Tayabas City.

Pandemic affected tourism related business owners during the orientation on the DOLE DOT CAMP assistance held on 25 February 2021 in Tayabas City, Quezon.

Submitted by: 

EDWIN T. HERNANDEZ
Head, Quezon Provincial Office
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2021-03-04
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