Transportation and tourism were among the most adversely affected sectors as the cases of COVID-19 escalates. The health crisis of 2020 resulted to various stages of community quarantine that hampered the dynamism of said sectors. It is in this premise that the Department of Labor and Employment collaborated with the Department of Tourism and the Intramuros Administration (IA) in a convergent program that will address the employment and economic needs of the walled-city’s inhabitants.

On October 27, 2022, DOLE gave pedicabs and nego-karts to Intramuros’ residents which aims to address their economic concerns and reinvigorate the area’s hampered tourism activities. They also had a basic tour guide training in the walled-city, including seminars on hygiene and personality development.

As restrictions were relaxed that paved way for economic activities to thrive, DOLE-NCR together with DOT-NCR and IA held their first ever Kumustahan on January 13, 2023 at the Casa Blanca, Plaza San Luis Complex Intramuros, Manila, to catch up with their 120 beneficiaries and monitor progress of the awarded livelihood aid.

DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Director Atty. Jude Thomas Trayvilla, who represented Regional Director Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol, highlighted the initiatives of the government in addressing the concerns of employment through meaningful interventions designed to alleviate the conditions of the affected sectors.

Undersecretary Atty. Benjo Santos Benavidez and Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay also graced the occasion, emphasizing the importance of cooperation in achieving the goals of the convergent program.

Mr. Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes, DOLE-NCR Senior Labor and Employment Officer, gave a brief history of Intramuros. Apart from highlighting Intramuros’ contributions to the country’s formation and traditions, he also mentioned the structures within the walled-city, the devastation it suffered after World War II, restoration process, and its current situation.

In order to provide holistic information on the programs that can be availed by the beneficiaries, Mr. Delos Reyes presented the two primary youth interventions of the Department such as the Special Program for Employment of Students and the Government Internship Program. He mentioned that the programs are designed not just to augment the financial capacities of its beneficiaries but also to increase the youth’s employability in preparation for their entry to the world of work. He also encouraged the participants to coordinate with DOLE and the Public Employment Service Office in Manila for further information on other employment programs and services.

Mr. Delos Reyes capped his lecture by reminding the attendees to feel proud of their heritage as Manileños, taking pride of their contributions in reinvigorating the local tourism sector and the city’s economy.

As part of the activity’s medical assistance, the attendees also received eyeglasses and results of their blood chemistry test.

END / Ryan Roberto Delos Reyes