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10.7-Million ready for COVID-affected workers

 

Cebu City, Philippines. The Department of Labor and Employment has processed a total of Php10,770,000.00 for some 2,154 workers in Central Visayas in the formal sector, who will each receive Php5,000.00 financial assistance under the Department’s COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).

As of 30 March 2020, the DOLE has checked and evaluated 631 CAMP applications and fifty-six (56) of which have been approved and processed.

“Meaning to say these applicant-establishments have submitted the complete set of requirements to us for the availment of CAMP that included the establishment report and company payroll,” said DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, who also clarified that in the absence of a payroll especially for the Micro- Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), pays lips or logbook will do.

The DOLE-7 is now closely working with a money remittance center as its service provider for the distribution and release of financial assistance to affected workers. Beneficiaries will be notified by the respective Field Offices concerned once the service provider sends confirmation of its receipt of the amount/payment for the workers under a particular company.

“Our technical working team is rendering overtime in accepting applications, validating documents and processing of payment. As soon as we receive confirmation from our partner money remittance center then, immediately, workers will be notified so they can also claim as soon as possible their financial assistance at any branch of that money remittance center within the Region,” added Director Siaton.

As of 30 March, 5:00 P.M., there have already been 425 establishments that have submitted establishment reports on the implementation of flexible work arrangements affecting 22, 679 workers. Five (5) companies reported to have implemented a work-from-home scheme affecting 95 workers. Around 241 have temporarily closed their operations affecting 6,825 workers. Affected workers mostly come from the manufacturing, restaurants, retail, lending, resorts, and hotel industries.

For documents or applications related to the availment of the CAMP, clients are advised to contact the following numbers and send documents to: (1) For companies located within the Cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu- (032) 513-2566/tricityfodole7camp@gmail.com; (2) For companies in Cebu Province outside the Cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu- (032) 512-8133 / (+63) 977-610-9202/cpfodolero7camp@gmail.com; (3) For companies located in the Province of Negros Oriental- (035) 226-2778 / (035) 422-9741/nofodole7camp@gmail.com; (4) For companies in Siquijor- (035) 480-9244/sfodole7camp@gmail.com; and (5) For companies located in Bohol- (038) 501-0277 (038) 411-0806/doleboholcamp@gmail.com.

The CAMP covers workers in private establishments. Priority are those most vulnerable to the negative impacts of COVID-19 in the formal sector, specifically the MSMEs. Meanwhile, large establishments are encouraged to cover full wages of employees within the quarantine period, but they can still apply for CAMP.

“If the company is not adopting FWAs or implementing temporary closure (and is allowed to operate by the government under an ECQ), their workers cannot avail the CAMP,” the DOLE-7 finally quipped.

 

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact (032) 513-2566; (032) 266-0811; (032) 266-2792; (032) 512-8133 / (+63) 977-610-9202; (035) 480-9244; (035) 226-2778 / (035) 422-974. You may also send your emails to tricityfodole7camp@gmail.com; cpfodolero7camp@gmail.com; sfodole7camp@gmail.com; nofodole7camp@gmail.com; and doleboholcamp@gmail.com.

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2020-03-31
SALOME O. SIATON
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