BARMM allots P60M aid for own formal sector workers

By Ali G. Macabalang

COTABATO CITY – The Bangsamoro autonomous government has allotted P60-million cash aid for its Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE) to distribute among its 12,037 workers in the formal labor sector affected by the ills from COVID-19 pandemic.

CASH AID TO FORMAL WORKER SECTOR. BARMM Labor Minister Romeo Sema at a recent virtual forum announcing the availability of P60-million cash assistance for 12,037 formal labor workers in the Bangsamoro autonomous region.

The fund exactly involving P60,180,000.00 was approved by Chief Minister Ahod “Hadji Murad” Ebrahim and later released by Ministry of Finance, and Budget and Management (MFBM) to the MOLE on last August 17 as a package called COVID-19 Assistance Program (CAP), the Bureau of Public Information (BPI) said.

The aid package is meant to help the formal labor sector, especially those establishments that are mostly affected by Covid-19 pandemic, a BPI statement said.

In the statement, MOLE Minister Romeo K. Sema said the Bureau of Labor Relations and Standards (BLRS) were preparing the required supporting document for the eventual release of the aids to the recipient workers in various establishments in BARMM.

Minister Sema was all praises for the Chief Minister and his cabinet for the allotment, noting though that “because of increasing positive case(s) of Covid-19 (discouraging interpersonal aid distribution), the aid will be distributed to the recipients fund through bank transfer, money remittance and/or payroll for nearby establishments.

In the statement, BLRS head Abdulrakman Nor said the first distribution is scheduled next week for the formal sector workers in this city, followed by other component provinces and cities of the Bangsamoro region including the 63 Barangays in Cotabato Province.

Minister Sema, meanwhile, urged concerned establishments still unable to submit full documents to complete the requirements promptly in order to support the processing of checks and payrolls of their workers. (AGM)

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