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Workers laid off under Alert Level 3 may be eligible for financial assistance: DOLE

Workers in regions affected by the Inter-Agency Task Force’s (IATF) Alert Level 3 or higher can get monetary assistance, according to the Department of Labor and Employment – Northern Mindanao (DOLE-10) on Friday.

DOLE-10 Director Alber Gutib said during an online media forum that this is one-time monetary support of PHP5,000 under the agency’s Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) 3.

He explained that the purpose of CAMP 3 is to assist workers who have been affected by permanent closures of businesses and those who have been laid off as a result of the pandemic.

However, the aid is only for individuals who work on a daily schedule, thus it does not apply to businesses or offices that use flexible or work-from-home arrangements, such as reduced workweeks and work hours.

“We’re going to do it on a first-come, first-served basis,” Gutib said, noting that the budget is only PHP1 billion, which covers the entire country.

Reports on permanent closure, interim closure, or retrenchment of staff shall be sent to reports.dole.gov.ph by applicant establishments.

According to Gutib, the website has been up and running since January 24, and businesses that apply can already participate in the program.

He also stated that businesses should submit attachments such as their most recent payroll, logbook or ledger, employment contract, cash voucher or petty cash voucher, authority to debit accounts sent by employers, list of remittances such as SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-IBIG, or a list of employees with a 13-month pay period.

Atheneus Vasallo, Director of the DOLE-10 Technical Services and Support Division, claimed that as of January 28, they had only received 39 petitions from firms with 89 workers affected.

He said the region was given 228 spots and a PHP1.2 million budget at first.

Flood victims receive assistance.

Meanwhile, the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE-10) emergency employment program, known as Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD), was extended to 11,256 flood victims.

The hired TUPAD personnel were flood survivors from areas devastated by Typhoon Odette on Dec. 16, 2021, according to DOLE-10 Field Operations Chief Emmanuel G. Toledo.

Beneficiaries were given the responsibility of disinfecting or sanitizing their individual home areas and public areas in their respective barangays.

The initial wave of 4,606 workers earned PHP3,650 each at the simultaneous distribution on December 30 and 31, 2021, according to Toledo.

Meanwhile, the second group of 6,650 workers began their 10-day shift on January 13 and will continue through January 22, 2022.

The assistance totaled PHP42,166,731 and was distributed to 30 low-lying barangays.

TUPAD is a community-based package of aid that provides displaced employees, underemployed workers, and seasonal workers with emergency employment for a minimum of 10 days and a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of the task to be completed.

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