Manila is the capital of the Philippines. In a ceremonial awarding headed by Tourist Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat on Wednesday, displaced tourism workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) got a total of Php 8.6 million in cash aid under the national government’s pandemic recovery program (June 16).
Under the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act, a total of 1,726 recipients got monetary assistance of Php 5,000 each from the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) (Bayanihan 2).
The beneficiaries include tourist support service providers in the NCR, such as food and non-food vendors, as well as photographers who have been displaced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on tourism.
“We truly hope that our financial aid will assist you in getting through these difficult times. “We will keep working to move the tourist sector into a ‘better normal,’ ensuring a stronger, more inclusive, more resilient, and more sustainable future for its stakeholders, employees, and local communities,” Puyat said at the ceremony at Rizal Park in Manila.
Samahan ng Malayang Photographers sa Luneta Inc.; National Parks Development Committee Traders Consumer Cooperative; Flower Clock Photographers Association Inc.; Greenhills Muslim Traders Association; Samahan ng Bgy. 306-307 Zone 30 Carriedo Vendors Association District III Manila Inc.; Dangwa Flower Market Association; Arroceros Stall Association; Manila Flow Inc.; Dangwa Flower Market Association; Dangwa Flower
A total of 54,668 tourist employees have been authorized for financial assistance of Php 273 million under the DOT-DOLE cooperation program as of June 2, 2021.
There were 53,797 employees from 1,094 tourist-related businesses, organizations, or associations in the National Capital Region who applied for financial help, as well as 871 tourism workers who applied individually.
A total of 49,996 of the 54,668 authorized tourist employees in the NCR have gotten financial assistance, with payments totaling Php 250 million, or a usage rate of 76 percent, according to Puyat.
“I hope we can continue to work together to accomplish our common objectives and a better normal for our business. We can restore employment and livelihoods, as well as our industry’s complete recovery and economic rebirth, if we work together,” the tourism head said.
The DOT-current NCR’s emphasis, according to Puyat, is on domestic market recovery, as well as assisting industry employees and stakeholders displaced by ongoing travel restrictions and people’s aversion to travel.
The DOT’s objectives include establishing Metro Manila travel hubs in at least 10 cities inside the NCR, as well as a Soul Circuit that will utilize Mega Manila attractions like Bataan, Manila, and Corregidor, which are suitable for tourist growth due to their proximity to Metro Manila.