Instead of Php5k-COVID Aid, Guy Gets Php5k Worth of Products from the Wrong DOLE

After ‘wrong send’ to the wrong ‘DOLE’ to ask for financial assistance, one displaced worker received Php5k worth of products from the Dole pineapple company! Wow.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) was tasked to provide aid of Php5,000 to displaced workers, people who lost their jobs due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Employers are supposed to be the ones to process the aid, with workers receiving it after a few weeks so they will have something to spend even if they temporarily lost their jobs. The problem is that there are many employers who did not submit the requirements yet or the DOLE already has a long list of financial assistance to process. Thus, many workers had to wait a little longer.

Since the workers needed the money soon, many have taken to sending DOLE a message to ask for an update. That’s alright, of course, but the problem is that there is another Facebook page with the same name – “Dole PH” owned by a pineapple and fruits company of the same name.

Guys! We’re not the 🇵🇭 DOLE you might be looking for. We at Dole PH 🍍 understand the confusion, parehong spelling and…

Posted by Dole PH on Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Facebook page of DOLE, the government agency, is DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment but many angry workers didn’t bother checking. Many have forgotten that there’s also a Dole that sells fruits – and many sent their angry messages to the pineapple company, asking where their Php5,000 aid went! Oooops.

Thankfully, the pineapple company is used to this; though the influx of angry messages in recent weeks has surely given them something to worry about. Last March 24, CJ Banasihan mistook the company for the DOLE, just like many others. He asked for Php5,000 financial assistance. Somehow, his message touched the company that they sent him some aid, in the form of Php5,000 worth of pineapples and fruits! Yum.

Photo credit: Dole Philippines / Facebook

While he didn’t get money from the company, they did give him a taste of their delicious goods. That certainly brightened up his day… Best ‘wrong send’ message, huh?