“The policy on ventilation for workplaces is in the pipeline to ensure that air is clean and lower the risk of COVID infection. If there’s proper ventilation, even if one is sick, there will be no transmission,” says Labor Assistant Secretary Ma. Teresita Cucueco.
The department will be issuing the new policy to ensure the safety and protection of workers from CoViD-19 and prevent virus transmission in malls, restaurants, hotels, and other commercial establishments.
Of the 70,000 establishments already inspected, 90 percent complied with the guidelines. Companies that fail to comply will face penalties ranging from ₱20,000 to ₱100,000 per day.
Financial aid hits completion
Meanwhile, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello affirms that the agency is almost done distributing over ₱11 billion worth of financial assistance to 2,080,828 workers affected by the pandemic.
“We are almost through with TUPAD and CAMP,” says Bello. These are financial assistance programs funded under the Bayanihan 2 Law: TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers), CAMP (COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program), and the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers, Barangay Ko Bahay Ko (TUPAD #BKBK).
Cash assistance to overseas Filipino workers under the Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP) is also nearing completion with cash distribution amounting to ₱1.19 billion covering 118,416 displaced OFWs. “We are already accelerating the payout for our OFW beneficiaries,” Bello added.
DOLE initiated CAMP and TUPAD as part of government efforts to help soften the economic impact of the pandemic on low-income workers.