By Ali G. Macabalang
The Bangsamoro government’s Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE) is pursuing its award of 5,000-peso cash assistance for each constituent private sector worker affected in the preventive campaign against COVID-19 disease, aiming to fully serve a total of 12,073 beneficiaries across the autonomous region.
MOLE Minister Romeo K. Sema said his ministry staged last Oct. 9 the latest episode of its COVID-19 Assistance Program (CAP) for 311 beneficiaries from 32 establishments in this city.
The 32 entities included the LFY Cuisine/Out of Nowhere, E.U. Balabaran, Arte Filipina and Co., Lucky Motor Parts and Accessories, Minallah Restaurant, Finessse Aesthetics Skin Care and Body, F5 Graphics and Prints, Citiplaza Hotel, Berlyn Printshoppe, Berlyn Studio, TMA Food Marketing (Shawarma house), Jolly Management Solutions, Inc., City Mall Cotabato Housekeeping, Cloud’s Frozen Spoon Ice Cream, Alandia Multipurpose Cooperative,
Airtime Ticketing Travel & Tours, Air Trust Ticketing Office, Ads Pawnshop, Ads Living Water, 2M Japan Surplus Cotabato, Big Bites Bakeshop, Benok’s Bbq, BDL Laundry Station, Cotabato Medical Specialist Hospital, Doc Sweet’s Maternal Care and Lyng-in-Clinic, Farmacia ni Dok, Jose E. Villcorta, CPA, Ishees Minimart, Heartech Art & Print Services, 88’ Enterprises, Maguindanao Skycable ATY Inc., JGR Medical Clinic, and JMP Glass and Aluminum Services.
In its earlier dispersals, the MOLE had initially awarded the CAP to 448 workers from the Mall of Alnor in Cotabato City, 116 from Sultan Kudarat Islamic Academy (SKIA), 580 from Lamsan Incorporated, and to 2,229 from Datu Paglas, Maguindanao.
The ministry had listed up a total of 12, 037 private employees from across the Bangsamoro region. To date, 3, 737 private workers have already benefitted from the CAP at P5, 000.00. each, the Bureau of Public Information said in a press statement.
Minister Sema once said his agency is mandated to assist private sector workers, especially during the pandemic, as they are big contributors to the region’s economic development.
“Simula po noong nagkapandemya, ngayon lang po ako nakatanggap ng ayuda,” said Datumanot Mamalinta, 23, a father, a housekeeping worker from City Mall for three years now.
Across the country, the Bangsamoro region was the last region to yield CAP monetary aids. This was because of misperception in the national government that funds from the Department of Labor and Employment excluded the region for its being autonomous.
The dilemma was later settled with the Office of the Chief Minister allocating parts of its standby funds for MOLE’s aids to pandemic-affected private workers. (AGM)