COTABATO CITY—Fifty-three (53) private sector workers benefited from the Coranavirus Disease Assistance Program (CAP) of Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE) on Monday, October 5.
Each beneficiary received Php5,000-worth of cash aid. A total of 12, 037 workers from the private sector across the Bangsamoro region shall benefit from the said program.
As of today 3,426 workers have already benefited from CAP. Of which, 448 workers were from Mall of Alnor, 116 from Sultan Kudarat Islamic Academy (SKIA), 580 in Lamsan Incorporated, and 2,229 in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao.
The Office of the Chief Minister (OCM-BARMM) and Ministry of Finance, and Budget and Management (MFBM) approved and released the fund amounting to Php60,180,000.00 last August 17.
MOLE Minister Romeo K. Sema stressed that this fund is conceptualized by MOLE-BARMM to give 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.
One of the beneficiaries is Mrs. Nilda Lawa, 46, a laundry worker in Pagana Kutawato Native Restaurant for almost 6 years, resident of Cotabato City, with 4 children.
“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.
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.”
Head of Bureau of Labor, Relations and Standards Abdulrakman Nor and Religious Affairs consultant Ustadz Marhan Borhan were present during the activity.
CAP distribution is expected to conclude next week. (Bureau of Public Information)