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39,480 COVID-affected Ilocos workers benefit from CAMP
Some 39,480 workers in Ilocos Region benefitted from the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP), the DOLE-RO I today bared.
Regional Director Evelyn R. Ramos said that the DOLE-RO I disbursed P197,781,480 total CAMP assistance under the Bayanihan 1 and 2, the two legislative measures that provided the backbone for the government’s economic recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The beneficiaries are from 3,492 establishments which either closed, retrenched workers or adopted flexible work arrangements due to the ongoing crisis.
“Job losses were inevitable as the pandemic hit global economy.  But the DOLE was quick to look after the welfare of our affected workers,” RD Ramos said.
Data generated by the DOLE-RO I from March 16, 2020 to March 25, 2021 show that a total of 306 and 29 establishments effected temporary and permanent closures, respectively, resulting in loss of jobs of 10,802 workers.  Some 225 establishments had to retrench 3,833 workers, while 587 adopted flexible work arrangements to save the employment of 35,149 workers.
“The CAMP financial assistance was intended as a temporary relief for our workers while quarantines were imposed.  Our efforts are now geared towards economic recovery to bring back jobs,” she said.
Among the hundreds of workers who benefited from the program is Lea Ann Yumul, 30 years old, from Alaminos City, Pangasinan. She said being a first-time mother is challenging.  And Lea Ann 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.  
“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.
On the other hand, Cherry Joy Paat Valentino from Candon City, Ilocos Sur, informed the DOLE-RO I that the cash assistance she received was used to buy her young son’s needs.
The CAMP is a safety net program that provides one-time financial support to affected workers in the formal sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The CAMP covers displaced workers or employees due to COVID-19 including probationary, project, seasonal, contractual and casual employees in private health institution, culture and arts, creative industries, including but not limited to, film and audiovisual workers, broadcast, construction, public transportation, trade and industries, cooperatives, and other sectors of the economy as may be identified by DOLE. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from TSSD
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RD Evelyn R. Ramos
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