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The Social Amelioration and Welfare Program (SAWP) is a social protection initiative that stemmed from the Biofuels Act of 2006.

From the lien collected among Department of Energy (DOE) - accredited biofuel plants, the program provided additional social and welfare benefits to biofuel workers, such as training, technical and vocational, and college educational assistance, as well as livelihood and emergency assistance.

As a way of expanding its social protection umbrella, the Tripartite Consultative Council (TCC) for the Bioethanol Sector and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) approved the issuance of Department Order No. 222, s. 2021 or the Revised Guidelines in the Implementation of SAWP for workers in the Biofuel Industry, Utilizing Molasses as Feedstock, which extends the financial benefit assistance to bioethanol workers, regardless of their employment status.

Once effective, molasses-based bioethanol workers are now entitled to financial benefit assistance that will be given on a yearly basis.

“This major change was prompted by the calls to make SAWP attuned with the needs of the workers and as a way of maximizing available resources,” said DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.

The said revised guidelines will be effective 15 days after its publication in a newspaper of general circulation.

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