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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, March 26, 2020
Sugar workers told to avail
of P5K financial assistance

A labor leader is urging sugar farmers and workers to avail of the P5,000 financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

Roland de la Cruz, president of the National Congress of Unions in the Sugar Industry of the Philippines, appealed to the planters and employers of the sugar workers to let them avail of the DOLE’s Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program, a safety net program that offers one-time financial assistance, worth P5,000, to affected workers in private establishments.

Under this program, it is the responsibility of the employers to submit the Establishment Report form, the list of workers who will avail of it and the previous month’s payroll, he said.

Agri laborers exempted
from quarantine

Even with the community quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), agricultural work is not suspended to ensure continuity in food production, Remelyn Recoter, director of the Department of Agriculture in Western Visayas, said yesterday.

Recoter said the DA has released an order on food resiliency protocol to continue farm activities, such as the movement of essential commodities so every household has access to safe and affordable food in the markets.

Agricultural workers are exempted from home quarantine, provided that they do not exhibit Covid-19 symptoms, as well as work at a minimum number and observe safety protocols like social distancing, she said.


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