A few days ago, the government imposed a much stricter Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This measure has affected the operation of many companies and businesses, and more importantly the lives of workers who temporarily lose their job and source of income.
To protect the welfare of the affected workers in the formal sector, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has announced the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP). This safety net program offers financial support to workers in the private establishments with the goal of mitigating the reduction or loss of income brought about by the imposed community quarantine.
Who can apply for the financial assistance?
CAMP covers workers in private establishments that have implemented Flexible Working Arrangements (FWAs) or temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These include retained workers with reduced working hour and, therefore, do not receive regular wage as well as suspended workers because of the suspended operations of the employer’s business.
How much is the financial assistance?
A one-time financial assistance equivalent to P5,000 shall be provided to affected workers in lump-sum, non-conditional, regardless of employment status.
What are the requirements to apply?
It is important to note that affected workers can avail of the financial assistance through their employers, which are micro, small, or medium enterprises (MSMEs). The private establishment must be the one to apply for the program assistance for their employees.
The affected establishment must submit the following documents:
- Establishment Report on the COVID-19 pursuant to Labor Advisory No. 9, Series of 2020.
- Company payroll for the month prior the implementation of FWAs or temporary closure.
How to apply?
Applications with complete requirements shall be submitted online to the appropriate DOLE Regional Office or any of its Provincial/Field Offices.
The applications will then be evaluated by the said DOLE office within three (3) working days from receipt.
Via electronic mail, the concerned DOLE office will issue a Notice of Approval (for approved application) or a Notice of Denial (for denied application) to the applicant within three (3) working days.
Where to get the financial aid once approved?
The concerned DOLE Regional Office will issue the financial support directly to the beneficiary’s payroll account through bank transfer within two (2) weeks upon receipt of the Notice of Approval.
A Notice of Completion shall be issued to the affected establishment within three (3) working days via email.
What are the reasons that application will be denied?
The application may be denied if the applicant is ineligible, misinterpreted facts in the application, or submitted falsified or tampered documents.
Here’s a copy of the full Department Order from DOLE:
Department Order No. 209 – Guidelines on the Adjustment Measures Program for affected workers due to the Coronavirus…