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DOLE-RO I bares assistance for COVID-19 affected workers, companies

 

DOLE-RO I bares assistance for COVID-19 affected workers, companies

Employers and workers affected by COVID-19 may adopt various measures or avail assistance from the DOLE and other government agencies to cushion them against the adverse impacts of the pandemic, the DOLE-Regional Office I today announced. 

Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra bared that upon his instruction, all DOLE-RO I Field Offices are now coordinating with Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) to widely disseminate information within their respective jurisdictions to guide employers and workers regarding the available interventions.

In line with this, close monitoring is being done to properly assess the situation in workplaces in the region, he said.   

He said that pursuant to Labor Advisory No. 9 issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on March 4, companies may adopt flexible work arrangements (FWAs) as alternative to worker termination. 

The Advisory proposes the following FWAs that companies may implement: (1) Reduction of workhours and/or workdays, where the normal workhours or workdays per week are reduced; (2) Rotation of workers where employees are rotated or alternately provided work within the week; and (3) Forced Leave where the employees are required to go on leave for several days or weeks utilizing their leave credits, if there are any. 

Non-regular workers or those on a “no work, no pay” basis who will be temporarily suspended may avail of emergency employment assistance from the DOLE, he said.

 

“The DOLE EEP can cushion our workers from loss of income during their unemployment. They may be engaged for 10 to 30 days and receive the prevailing daily minimum wage rate,” he said. 

They may also apply for unemployment benefit equivalent to 50 percent of their average monthly salary credit for a maximum of two months provided under Republic Act No. 11199 or Social Security Act of 2018. 

“The benefit is in the form of monthly cash payment, and not a loan, which means that there is no need to pay an additional amount to the SSS,” the Regional Director said. 

In addition, members who wish to get the benefit should have paid at least 36 monthly contributions – 12 months of which should be part of the 18-month period immediately preceding the month of involuntary separation. 

He said that pursuant to Labor Advisory No. 11 issued by Secretary Bello on March 14, workers under community quarantine may use their existing leave credits, if any.  

The LA also provides that remaining unpaid leaves of workers during said period may be covered by the DOLE subject to conditions under the proposed DOLE COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program, he told. 

Temporarily suspended workers due to COVID-19 may proceed to their PESO or nearest DOLE-FO to avail of the EEP and other appropriate assistance.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez

 

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2020-03-16
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