THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said 800,000 will benefit from its next tranche of cash assistance for formal sector workers affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique R. Tutay said in an online briefing on Friday that P4.7 billion was set aside for the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) out of the DoLE’s P13-billion allotment under Republic Act No. 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.
“Meron tayong nilaan na pondo diyan na P4.7 billion out of P13 billion (We have allocated P4.7 billion out of P13 billion for the program),” she said.
“Tinataya po natin na 800,000 na magbebenefit sa P4.7 billion (We expect that some 800,000 will benefit from the P4.7 billion),” she added.
The DoLE said applicants for the first round of CAMP aid who were not served will be prioritized in this second tranche.
Almost one million applicants for its first tranche of CAMP were not served due to the DoLE’s limited budget for the one-time cash assistance for affected establishments and workers.
Ms. Tutay said of this number, 260,000 were accommodated under the Department of Finance’s Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS). Those who availed of the SBWS will not be qualified for the second round of CAMP.
She added that they hope to finish the distribution of aid to the beneficiaries by mid-December.
The DoLE said in a statement on Friday that workers who are interested to apply for the second tranche of CAMP can register online at https://reports.dole.gov.ph.
“DOLE advises the following steps to complete the transaction: Select the ‘Apply for CAMP Financial Assistance’ and choose the preferred application such as 1) Apply as Establishment; 2) Apply as DOT Accredited Establishment; and 3) Displaced and Temporarily Laid-off Workers,” it said. — G.M. Cortez