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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

1,060 displaced Kalinga tourism workers get financial aid

Updated: May 3, 2021

Tabuk City, Kalinga-For the year 2020, a total of 1,060 displaced tourism workers received financial assistance from the joint program of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through the Kalinga Provincial Tourism.

According to Provincial Tourism Officer Lorraine Ngao-i, each beneficiary received P5,000 financial assistance, hoping to ease even in a short while the impact of the pandemic in the their livelihood. Distribution to the remaining 512 displaced tourism workers for this year is still ongoing, she said.

As recalled, tourism activities in the province had been suspended since the national government imposed Enhanced Community Quarantine in March in Luzon which affected local entrepreneurs involved in local crafts, tour guiding and transport, accommodations among others.

To address its impact to said sector, DOT and DOLE partnered and issued Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2020-001 under the Bayanihan to Recover As One (Bayanihan 2), giving primary tourism enterprises that have retrenched their workforce or undergone temporary or permanent closure a one-time financial assistance equivalent to P5,000.

Said one- time assistance is provided while the government is working to develop a tourism industry that is capable, resilient, and more adaptable to change, to help establishments, organizations, and associations adapt to the new normal.

Meanwhile, since the imposition of quarantine, at least 34 stranded local and foreign tourists due to the closure of borders were duly assisted by the Provincial Administrator-Tourism Services.


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