DOLE releases P5.5-M cash aid for displaced NCR workers

A WEEK into the implementation of the Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (Camp), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has released P5.5 million to help workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) who have been displaced by the imposition of a Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

In a statement, DOLE-NCR Director Sarah Buena Mirasol said 1,074 workers in the formal sector have already benefited from the P5,000 cash grant from the government.

"We’ve processed a total of P5,504,250 financial support and each of the Camp beneficiaries received their P5,000 assistance through money remittance scheme,” said Mirasol.

The beneficiaries are among the 46,213 Camp applicants for financial assistance submitted by 973 private establishments in Metro Manila.

Mirasol appealed to the applicants to be patient as they are currently swamped with applications for Camp. The DOLE, like other government agencies, is operating with only a skeletal workforce.

"Due to the influx of applications received online, we are asking for patience and cooperation of the employers," said Mirasol.

Under Camp, a one-time financial assistance of P5,000 shall be provided in lump sum, non-conditional, regardless of the employment status to affected workers.

To avail of the assistance, employers must submit an accomplished “Establishment Report of Covid Form” and their company payroll for February or earlier, which is before the implementation of flexible working arrangements or temporary closure. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)