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PGIN allots over P18M for Ilokano tourism industry workers

by PGIN-CMO

May. 29, 2020 ...

Over Php 18.2 Million of the realigned budget from the Ilocos Norte Tourism Office and the provincial Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management (LDRRM) Fund was allotted to aid tourism industry workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte's Tourism Livelihood Continuity Program (TLCP) has served 1,226 daily wage earners, informal workers, and gig freelancers with its initial Php12.4 Million budget.

Through the Provincial Ordinance No.020-2020, more than Php 6 Million from unexpected balances and unimplemented budget under the LDRRM Fund was allotted for TLCP's second batch of beneficiaries.

Additional 800 qualified restaurant workers, travel and tour staff, senior citizen tour guides, accommodation staff, destination workers, vendors of local product, souvenir makers, events and freelance artist, heritage artisans, and other workers in the tourism and cultural sectors will be aided by the new budget appropriation.

"We are finding ways to respond to this extraordinary situation that we're in. This will require extraordinary effort and solutions.

"What we want to do is to be able to provide livelihood continuity. We had a small budget and Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc had approved its realignment, specifically for livelihood interventions," Provincial Tourism Officer Mr. Ian B. Raquel previously remarked.

A "work later" agreement will be signed by Tourism Livelihood Continuity Program cash recipients for a return service after the enhanced community quarantine and other preventive measures are lifted. Work on return service will be designed to match the skillset and schedule of beneficiaries.

Application for the TLCP Batch 2 has ended and INTO is yet to announce the schedule for the cash aid distribution.

The province's Public Employment and Services Office has an ongoing employment program for health personnel, while the Social Welfare and Development Office, and Environment and Natural Resources Office also has had their cash aid programs for public transportation drivers and daily wage earners affected by the pandemic.