In support for the health care workers who had risked their life to provide for their displaced family members due to pandemic, the labor department awarded a livelihood assistance to some 50 medical front liners of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City through the BikeCINATION Project on April 11, 2022.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III led the awarding of free bicycles and electronic load wallet worth 5,000 pesos as coordinated through the Quezon City Field Office (QCFO) of DOLE-National Capital Region (NCR). While the assistance only qualifies workers in the informal sector, the labor chief urged the beneficiaries to share the livelihood assistance to family members who had lost their source of income due to pandemic.

“Since you are not qualified for this program, you can be qualified through your relatives—yung mga kamag-anak ninyo na walang hanapbuhay, yung mga kamag-anak ninyo na walang empleyo—sila ang tatanggap noon,” he said.

The labor chief was also joined by DOLE-NCR officials including Regional Director Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol, Assistant Regional Director Atty. Jude Thomas P. Trayvilla and QCFO Director Martin T. Jequinto.

VMMC officials, including Director Dominador M. Chiong, Jr. thanked the DOLE for their assistance for their healthcare workers. He also hoped that the Department will continue to assist those in need through their BikeCINATION Project. The VMMC head was also accompanied by Mr. Melvin D. Miranda, Dean of MCU College of Nursing and Dr. Kristofer Bello, VMMC medical officer.

Meanwhile, DOLE-NCR senior labor officer Aurora Halcon conducted seminar on business planning, which is part of their social preparation training to equip beneficiaries in managing the awarded livelihood package.

END / Report and photos by Iris Iera Espeña