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CAMP online application suspended

 

Cebu City, Philippines. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) seeks full understanding from employers and workers, who have not received the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) financial assistance as it stopped accepting online application for said program effective 15 April 2020, 5:00 P.M.

The DOLE-Central Office, in an official statement said that the labor department has been swamped with volumes of requests that the available fund for the program amounting to P1.6 billion is very close to being depleted.

On a national scale, since the implementation of CAMP from March 23 to date, DOLE was able to provide the one-time P5,000 assistance to 236,412 workers from 10,663 establishments, with total cash disbursements of Php1.2 billion. There are still around 85,563 more workers who have to paid in the coming days.

For Region-7, DOLE has disbursed an accumulated amount of Php109,725,000.00 that benefited 21,945 workers in the formal sector coming from 1,199 companies as of 14 April 2020.

DOLE-7 tallied 51,389 workers affected by the flexible work arrangements (FWAs) and temporary closure of operations implemented by 1,785 establishments.

From all over the country, DOLE received requests and applications that ballooned beyond the capacity of its resources, a situation that was aggravated by the extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) up to 30 April 2020.

DOLE is now working closely with other agencies, including Congress, for an immediate alternative program to help ease the burden on the greater number of workers who did not benefit from CAMP.

“Starting 16 April 2020, DOLE-7 will no longer accept and process online applications for CAMP assistance. It is with regret that we inform everybody that the Department, after it has exhausted its resources, cannot serve everyone in their dire need. We deeply apologize to all our clients who have not benefited the CAMP,” said DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton.

The DOLE regional operations had to attend to the 1.6 million CAMP applications nationwide. The Department is now moving fast in its recovery plan for workers and employers to help them cope with the “new normal” after the ECQ. A menu of programs that will complement national efforts to effectively address the needs of the people is now being readied.

“Dito naman sa Region-7, we will continue implementing the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantage/Displaced Workers, #Barangay ko, Bahay Ko or the TUPAD #BKBK. Rest assured that we are relentlessly exerting best effort to be able to attend to the needs of our clients. For TUPAD #BKBK, we are catering to the needs of the workers in the informal economy,” said Director Siaton.

Although observing the 4-day workweek schedule, the staff of the Regional Office and in its Field Offices are working non-stop from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM from Monday to Thursday. “If there is a need for some of them to render overtime work, then they report to the office. Some are even reporting to work on weekends just to be able to answer and cater to the enormous demands of the programs that the Department has to deliver and implement in this time of distress,” she added.

The Regional Director also urged clients of DOLE, particularly those, who have not received the CAMP assistance, to try seeking help from other government agencies as the efforts gathered to help mitigate the negative impact of the pandemic are being done by the different government agencies and local government units involved under the Bayahinan to Heal as One Act or Republic Act 11469.

 

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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 / (032) 266-7424; (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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2020-04-16
SALOME O. SIATON
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