DOLE seeks inclusion of minimum wage workers, OFWs in vaccine priority list

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) – Minimum wage and overseas Filipino workers should be included in the COVID-19 priority vaccination program, the Labor department said.

Labor Undersecretary Benjo Benavidez said in a statement these workers are essential to economic recovery amid the pandemic.

“Our labor force is composed mostly of the minimum wage earners and together with the businessmen, they are the ones who are pumping up our economy,” he said.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III proposed the idea to the Inter-Agency Task Force, noting that these workers are ranked 10th and 11th in the priority list.

The government said it will prioritize the vaccination of health care workers, teachers, social workers, other essential workers outside the health and education sectors, overseas workers, and uniformed personnel.