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CAMP applicants can apply for DOF’s wage subsidy program

 

Cebu City, Philippines. While the Department of Labor and Employment could no longer accommodated CAMP applications due to limited resources, other government agencies can, said DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton.

Those, who have not availed the CAMP or the one-time Php5,000.00 cash assistance for the workers in the formal sector, may explore this time the Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) Program of the Department of Finance (DOF).

Hinting that employers especially small businesses could still retain their workers during the quarantine period, Director Siaton urged them to give the SBWS a try, which shall be given for up to two (2) months.

“The national government is providing a wage subsidy program for affected employees of small businesses to help mitigate the impact of the quarantine period. Clients of DOLE may also avail of said program. This is an opportunity that must be taken advantage of,” said the Regional head.

She added that this time, employers have to closely work with the Social Security System (SSS) and the same agency will be accepting applications online from April 16, 2020 to 08 May 2020.

Under the SBWS, the government, through the SSS, shall provide a wage subsidy of between 5,000 to 8,000 pesos (based on the regional minimum wage) per month per eligible employee.

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

There are two (2) criteria that applicants must meet: (1) size of business - The small business — whether a corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship - must not be in the BIR’s Large Taxpayer Service (LTS) list and (2) impact of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on the small business’ operations - Small businesses under both Category A (non-essentials) that are forced to stop operations (i.e., temporary closure or suspension of work) and Category B (quasi-essentials) that are allowed to operate a skeleton force can apply for the wage subsidy for employees who are not able to work and did not get paid during the ECQ.

“Businesses that have been compliant with the regulations of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and SSS will be prioritized,” added Director Siaton, who said further that such program, just like the CAMP, will involve the employers completing the application online on behalf of their employees.

“Under the SBWS, employees who have received subsidy from the DOLE under the CAMP shall be eligible to avail the assistance for only the first month to avoid duplication,” she said.

The salary subsidy amount for Central Visayas per qualified employee will be Php6,000.00 per month. Employer-applicants will have to go to the SSS portal at www.sss.gov.ph and log-in to their My.SSS account. Details of the SBWS can also be accessed at https://www.bir.gov.ph/index.php/small-business-wage-subsidy-sbws-program.html.

“We are helping the Department of Finance, the Social Security System and the Bureau of Internal Revenue disseminate information regarding the Small Business Wage Subsidy Program. At the same time, we are trying to extend assistance to our valued clients by way of letting them know that after our CAMP resources have been depleted, there are still other government agencies, which could also come to their rescue,” said Director Siaton.

 

 

 

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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; (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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2020-04-29
SALOME O. SIATON
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