Malacanang on April 5 said the government will allot P2 billion worth of calamity funds for workers who will be affected by the six-month closure of Boracay.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this following President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to close down the world-famous island resort to attend to its sewerage problems.
Roque noted the P2-billion aid was only for workers, excluding resort owners.
“There will be a declaration of a state of calamity, but the President was insistent that the funds that will be spent will go only to the workers who will be displaced. He will not let any resort owner benefit from any sort of calamity fund,” he said.
Boracay has currently 35,000 workers from different establishments, but Roque said not all of the employees will be displaced.
“Hindi naman lahat ng workers madi-displace. Bakit? Eh ang daming trabahong kailangang gawin doon sa Boracay, so hindi naman sila kinakailangan umalis lahat eh,” Roque said.
“So you can imagine, although there are 35,000 workers in Boracay, not all of them will be jobless. They will just have to change jobs for the time being,” he added.