Displaced tourism in San Carlos workers get aids

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At least 19 displaced tourism workers from San Carlos City received one-time cash aid worth P5, 000 from the Department of Tourism in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment.

Amie Pasustento represented the 14 members of the Sipaway Island Overnight Shed Association (SIOSA) and 5 Roadview Inn employees in the ceremonial turnover of cash subsidies during the Press Conference and Tourism Stakeholders’ Meeting in Bacolod City last January 19, 2021.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat with Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Mayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City led the activity.

Jennifer Saballa, Tourism Operations Officer I, said that the provision of cash grant is under RA No. 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2) of the national government wherein beneficiaries include primary tourism enterprises ( hotels; resorts; accommodation-related establishments; travel and tour agencies; tourist transport operators, MICE organizers and facilities; adventure, sports and eco-tourism facilities and tourism trainers) and secondary tourism enterprises (restaurants, tourism training centers, tourist shop, zoos, recreational centers, agri-tourism farm sites, galleries, museums, entertainment complex and health and wellness services).

She cited that the recipients were workers of establishments and members of associations recognized and accredited by the DOT and local government unit and are currently unemployed.

Saballa also said that the City Tourism Office is working with the Cooperatives and Livelihood Development Office (CLDO) to look for other qualified beneficiaries. She also encouraged those who want to avail the grant to approach their office for assistance.