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 The Tripartite Consultative Council (TCC) for the bioethanol sector of the biofuels industry during its 4th regular meeting last December 11, 2019 at the Ramada Hotel, Binondo, Manila, has recommended the approval of the PhP 4.4M operating budget for the 2020 Social Amelioration and Welfare Program for workers in the biofuel industry, utilizing sugarcane and molasses as feedstocks.

The resolution for approval of the said budget has already been submitted to the Secretary of Labor and Employment, for consideration.

For 2020, the TCC will pursue for the review and improvement of policies, systems and procedures that would ensure the access to benefits and protection by the bioethanol workers including their dependents.

More so, capacity building for the program implementers, program partners and stakeholders, as well as monitoring, assessment and documentation of projects are lined up for this year.

The TCC also agreed on the need to strengthen the capacities of program partners and stakeholders on how to access SAWP socio-economic fund, and program implementers so they can effectively monitor and provide adequate technical assistance to bioethanol workers.

At the same time, the council agreed that the slots for College Education Assistance (CEA) and Technical/Skills Training scholars from bioethanol producers will be forfeited after two years of non-availment of CEA and one year for Technical Skills Training scholars.

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