DOLE seeks additional ₱2B for ECQ-hit workers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 4)— The Labor Department has requested emergency funding worth ₱2 billion to help workers who will be affected by the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila.

In a letter addressed to the Budget Department and released to the media on Wednesday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said the supplemental budget would aid "a significant number of workers" from affected sectors, including those from small and medium enterprises.

"The department would need emergency funds to be able to serve a significant number of workers from small and medium enterprises who will be affected by the ECQ considering that DOLE will be receiving applications for those who want to avail of the cash assistance program," the document read.

For now, DOLE said it would be utilizing a portion of its emergency employment fund to assist workers who will be displaced during the lockdown period.

The agency estimated around 300,000 to 400,000 workers in the National Capital Region will be affected by the ECQ, which starts on Friday.