ABOUT 5,000 informal sector workers in the National Capital Region received livelihood grants, bicycles, mobile phones with load cards, and cash-for-work wages worth P59.18 million from the Labor department on Tuesday, the agency said in a statement.

Bicycles and mobile phones worth P21.18 million were given to beneficiaries from 16 cities and a municipality to help them start a food delivery business.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the beneficiaries were workers under the A4 category who have completed their vaccine shots. “This is one incentive to encourage our workers to get vaccinated and to help in the country’s fight against this pandemic,” he said in an e-mailed statement.

The agency said 3,551 informal sector workers from Marikina, Pateros, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasig, and Manila City were also given temporary jobs and wages worth P35.44 million under its cash-for-work program.

Livelihood grants worth P2.57 million were also awarded to 330 beneficiaries in the capital. — Bianca Angelica D. Añago