Ninety-nine (99) workers who were adversely affected by COVID-19 luckily received cash assistance of P8,000.00 each from CTB Construction and Development Corporation). The employer was constrained to terminate their services in compliance to the safety protocols strictly implemented by the Province of Surigao del Norte.  They understood the difficulty posed by their employment as against safety regulations to curb the spread of the virus.  Thus, they agreed to receive the amount and look for another job of livelihood in their own places.

The provision of the said assistance emanated from an agreement made between the parties at the DOLE Provincial Office of Surigao del Norte, when a group of at least 30 workers sought DOLE’s assistance after having been allegedly terminated from work in the projects undertaken by the contractor. Through the Single Entry Approach (SEnA), the concern of the workers was threshed out immediately.

The cash assistance was released to the workers at the DOLE Provincial Office of Surigao del Norte in three (3) batches.  The total amount of P 792,000.00 benefited 99 workers. Upon receiving the said assistance, the workers expressed gratitude to their employer and to the DOLE.  They professed that the amount would aptly help them defray their daily expenses for family sustenance in this trying time of Covid pandemic.  Aside from the assistance, the employer had likewise given an assurance to the workers for a special preference in the hiring of workers for its future projects in the event the restrictions would be eased.

SEnA is a DOLE administrative approach for a speedy, inexpensive and accessible settlement procedure for all issues/complaints arising from employer and employee relationship.