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More COVID-affected workers to be assisted as DOLE-RO I rolls out CAMP 2

 

Being a first-time mother is challenging.  And Lea Ann Yumul, 30, from Alaminos City, had to face the reality while she and her husband lost their jobs when their respective companies had to temporarily shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

They applied for the P5,000 financial assistance for workers of affected establishments under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) of the Department of Labor and Employment.  Unfortunately, they were among the applicants who were not served when the DOLE stopped accepting CAMP applications after government funds were transferred to the Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) of the Department of Finance. 

But as they say, what is meant to be, will be.  Some honest CAMP beneficiaries who also received assistance under the SBWS refunded the P5,000 cash they received from the DOLE-RO I.  Due to this, other applicants including Lea Ann were eventually accommodated.  

“For a fledgling family like us, the P5,000 cash assistance is really a big help. We were able to use it for the needs of our newborn,” Lea Ann shared. 

Like Lea Ann, hundreds of other unserved applicants under the CAMP 1 will have the opportunity to be included under the CAMP 2 which was recently rolled out by the DOLE-RO I pursuant to Department Order No. 218 issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III following the promulgation of Republic Act No. 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (BAYANIHAN 2). 

“CAMP 2 is our response to the need of affected workers who were not served under the CAMP 1 and other safety net programs carried out by other government agencies,” DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said. 

Director Lacambra said D.O. 218 provides for more comprehensive, clearer guidelines and more streamlined requirements to ensure more effective and efficient implementation of CAMP 2. 

The program covers workers or employees who were displaced due to COVID-19 including those who are probationary, project-based, seasonal, contractual and casual. 

Eligible applicants include private establishments, education and tourism sectors that have permanently closed or implemented as a mitigating measure, retrenchment, temporary closure and other alternative arrangements pursuant to existing laws or rules. 

Applications may be filed online through https://reports.dole.gov.ph either by the establishment or the worker or employee subject to specific documentary requirements.  

Private establishments shall submit payroll or any of the following alternative documents: (1) payslip or verifiable handwritten payslip; (2) proof of payment of wages via logbook or ledger; (3) employment contract; (4) cash voucher or petty cash voucher; (5) authority to debit account sent by employer to bank for the wage of employees; (6) SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG Alphalist or list of remittances; (7) BIR Form 2316; or (8) List of employees with 13th month pay. 

A displaced or temporarily laid-off worker shall submit: (1) clear photo of himself/herself holding a valid government-issued ID; (2) certificate issued by SSS that the applicant is not a recipient of any financial assistance from said agency or proof of SSS Notice of Denial such as screenshot of email; and (3) proof of unemployment (i.e. Certificate of Employment, Notice of Termination or Affidavit of Termination of Employment). 

Director Lacambra said that the order of priority in the processing of applications is as follows: (1) Micro, small and medium enterprises that applied for CAMP but did not receive any financial assistance under BAYANIHAN 1; (2) Large establishments that applied for CAMP but did not receive any financial assistance under BAYANIHAN 1; (3) MSMEs that will apply for the first time under BAYANIHAN 2; and (4) Large establishments that will apply for the first time under BAYANIHAN 2. 

The following are excluded from CAMP2:  (1) Government employees, except public education institution personnel; (2) Beneficiaries of the following programs: DOF’s SBWS program, SSS unemployment benefit, DSWD’s Expanded and Enhanced Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino program, DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation and DA’s Cash Assistance for Rice Farmers; (3) Owners, top management or workers with monthly gross salary of P40,000 and above; and (4) Foreign nationals except Persons of Concern such as refugees, returnees, stateless people, internally displaced and asylum seekers. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Dennis Soriano, DOLE-WPFO

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2020-11-16
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