The government has distributed over 240 million pesos in cash subsidies to tourism workers in Metro Manila who were displaced by the cycles of lockdowns.
The Department of Tourism reported it spent 240.25 million pesos to provide 5,000 pesos each to 48,050 tourism workers. The financial assistance and cash for work program managed by the DOT and the Department of Labor and Employment ended on May 10.
The DOT and DOLE have used up the 3-billion-peso facility they received from Bayanihan 2 to hand out 5,000 pesos to displaced workers in the tourism sector. In turn, the DOLE has stopped accepting applications for the cash subsidy with program funds now depleted.
It remains to be seen, however, when or if the government plans to replenish the facility through the third stimulus bill. Millions of tourism workers, especially in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces, lost their jobs with the recent revert to lockdown.