DOLE E. Visayas disburses PHP127-M aid to crisis-hit workers

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has already released PHP127.83 million assistance to workers in Eastern Visayas displaced by coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Receiving the PHP5,000 assistance for each recipient are the 20,092 private-sector employees not included in the first distribution of financial aid, 4,080 tourism sector workers, and 1,374 non-regular personnel of schools badly displaced by the current health crisis.

“The application for workers in the tourism sector is still open since we just disbursed the assistance to 4,080 beneficiaries out of the 14,606 target recipients. The biggest challenge is accessing the application form online especially for those affiliated with community-based tourism organization where internet connection is very unstable,” said Salvacion Yepez, DOLE Region 8 Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) focal person in a phone interview on Tuesday.

Application for regular workers and those in the academe have been closed since last month, but there are still requests to include more recipients. This is still subject to approval by labor department senior officials, according to Yepez.

CAMP is a safety-net program that offers financial support to workers in private establishments that have adopted flexible work arrangements or temporary closure during the pandemic.

Through CAMP, qualified workers, regardless of their employment status, will be receiving one-time financial assistance equivalent to PHP5,000.

During the first CAMP distribution in the second quarter of 2020, the labor department has distributed PHP64.5 million grants to 12,901 displaced workers in the region’s six provinces under Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 1).

The PHP127.83 million recently released for the region’s workers is part of the PHP13 billion funds for DOLE under the Bayanihan 2 to help the formal, informal employees and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were displaced due to the pandemic.

Source: Philippines News agency

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