Mabuti na kesa nganga: Boracay emergency employment gets a thousand response


At least 1,000 informal workers in Boracay Island have started a 30-day emergency employment program of the Department of Labor and Employment.

The DOLE said the beneficiaries had worked as masseurs, porters, boatmen, and drivers from Barangay Balabag in the island.

Under the program, the beneficiaries are to receive wages in exchange for helping in ongoing rehabilitation activities, such as clean-up of canal and drainage (

DOLE said its assistance is under its integrated livelihood emergency program or the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).

DOLE-6 assistant regional director Salome Siaton said each worker will receive a daily minimum wage of P323.50 and will only work until Saturday.

She added they will be covered by an accident insurance from the Government Service Insurance System.

Boracay was shut down to tourists last April 26 for environmental rehabilitation.

Its shutdown displaced 36,000 workers, including 19,000 in the formal sector and 17,000 in the informal sector.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development said some 1,340 displaced workers availed of its transportation and meal aid amounting to P3 million.

Each recipient got up to P5,000.

DSWD OIC Emmanuel Leyco said they will deploy an additional 100 personnel to manage the DSWD center, which is currently manned by 90 staff.

“We’re bringing in more staff and resources to Boracay and hopefully in the next few days things will settle down,” he said.