The Social Amelioration Program (SAP) for workers in the Sugar Industry and Social Amelioration and Welfare Program (SAWP) for the workers in the Biofuel Industry have been implemented by the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) for years.
Although these programs had benefitted countless lives of sugar and biofuel workers, the implementation of the said programs still needs improvement, thus the BWSC organized a three-legged nationwide strategic planning and consultation exercise for DOLE regional implementers.
From May 11 to 26, 2021, the BWSC held a two-day consultation in the regions where sugar mills and biofuel plants in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are located.
The said event was attended by provincial heads, regional accountants, and programs’ focal persons.
The BWSC through the Workers Social Amelioration Development Division (WSADD) discussed the salient features of the new issuances such as the Department Order Nos. 192-18, 193-18, and 222-21, as well as the processes involved in availing the SAP and SAWP benefits.
Several issues and challenges in the implementation were also tackled during the discussion.
In her closing message, BWSC Director, Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla hoped that the learning sessions provided clarity and a more uniform interpretation and application of the programs.
“These types of discussion provided us [BWSC] the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the realities in carrying out the implementation of the said programs. Rest assured that the information provided to us will be used to provide additional support to DOLE Regional Offices,” she added.