DOLE Appeals for P5 Billion Fund for Workers Who Need to Absent Due to Pandemic

DOLE Appeals to National Government For P5 Billion Fund

DOLE – The Department of Labor and Employment is appealing for P5 billion fund for workers who consumed their leave credits but need to absent due to the pandemic.

The Philippines continues to fight against the spread of COVID-19. The authorities encourage everyone to stay at home if not for very essential purposes like the buying of food and going to work. Several businesses are allowed to operate but on a limited capacity only.

Currently, the vaccination is ongoing in the country. A huge part of the health workers have already been vaccinated and the vaccination of the senior citizens and those individuals with co-morbidities have already started.

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Amid the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is appealing for a P5 billion fund from the national government under Bayanihan 3. The Labor Department wants to allot it for workers who already consumed their leave credits but have to absent from work due to specific reasons.

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, DOLE wants to allot the fund for employees who have used up their leave credits but need to be absent because of COVID-19, to undergo quarantine for being a close contact of a COVID-19 patient, and those who experience adverse effects due to the vaccine.

Labor Department Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay expressed that it has been a year since the pandemic started and there is a huge possibility that many workers have already consumed their leave credits. She stressed that a worker may force himself to work for financial purposes thus the Department is finding a way to help them.

This June, the national government is eyeing the start of a major vaccination for essential workers. More and more vaccines are expected to arrive in the country as the government targets population protection.

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