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COVID-affected workers to receive financial aid from DOLE

 

Cebu City, Philippines. Workers in the private sector affected by COVID-19 are to receive financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The outbreak of COVID-19 constituting an emergency that threatens public health and national security, according to DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, pushes the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to promulgate the guidelines that will define the Department’s response to the impact that the outbreak has brought about in the community and in the country as a whole.

Under Department Order No. 209, Series of 2020, which Secretary Bello signed and released yesterday, 17 March, COVID-19-affected workers in the private sector could avail financial support and employment facilitation under the so-called COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).

The CAMP is a safety net program offering financial support and employment facilitation to affected workers in private establishments that have adopted flexible work arrangements (FWA)s or temporary closure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A one-time financial assistance equivalent to PHP5,000.00 shall be provided to affected workers in lump sum, non-conditional, regardless of employment status.

“Said amount is expected to provide affected workers financial relief necessary to mitigate the immediate adverse economic impacts of the pandemic. This assistance may be used to cover remaining unpaid leaves of affected workers,” said Director Siaton, who added that the DOLE-7 is now maintaining a database and profile of workers as an important tool to use in identifying the number of possible availees in Central Visayas.

As of 16 March 2020, DOLE-7 registered 74 establishments reporting for flexible work arrangements employed in their respective workplaces affecting around 6,581 workers. Two (2) establishments observed compressed work week and work-from-home scheme involving 55 and 45 workers, respectively. There are four (4) establishments that retrenched 234 workers and about four (4) more that temporarily closed their operations affecting 90 workers.

Employment facilitation, being one of the components of the program assistance, will provide affected workers access to available job opportunities suitable to their qualifications through job matching, referral and placement services either for local or overseas employment, employment coaching and labor market information.

“In this case, we will have to strengthen more our ties with the LGUs thru their Public Employment Services Offices so that referrals of affected workers to appropriate employers with job vacancies, local or overseas, could be easily facilitated,” said the DOLE-7 Head.

To avail the CAMP, an affected worker must be an employee of a private establishment that has implemented FWAs or temporary closure due to COVID-19 pandemic. Affected establishments must submit the following, namely: (1) Establishment Report on COVID-19 and (2) Company Payroll for the month prior the implementation of FWAs or temporary closure.

“We are now finalizing the procedure insofar as receiving, evaluation, denial or approval of applications are concerned including the mode of disbursement. We have to make sure also that while doing these things, social distancing, being a mandatory precautionary measure to be observed, is being abide by religiously for the protection not only of our personnel but also of the workers and company representatives concerned,” the Regional Director finally said.

 

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

 

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2020-03-19
SALOME O. SIATON
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