Local, overseas workers assured of gov’t aid

THE Department of Labor and Employment has assured workers in the local and overseas employment sectors who have been affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic of government financial assistance through the agency’s programs.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III gave the assurance as he once again urged the employers in the private sector to apply to DOLE’s COVID-19 Adjustment Measure Program or CAMP which offers one time fP5,000 financial support to employees of companies or business establishments that have adopted flexible work arrangements or temporary closure due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

To avail themselves of the assistance, employers must submit their company payroll for February or earlier which is before the implementation of flexible working arrangements or temporary closure.

Bello advised the establishments to download the “Establishment Report of COVID Form” in the DOLE website, specifically at https://www.dole.gov.ph/covid-19-mitigating measures/?fbclid=IwAR36XhC4n5HN6OOA8nepinBagb7HfCfenegZFRrslzNKMoZUsXxE0hNkU.

He added the form is also available in all DOLE regional offices’ websites and official Facebook pages. Once accomplished, the form must be submitted through email to the DOLE regional or field office in their area.

For the informal sector workers, DOLE is implementing emergency employment assistance through the TUPAD BKK program or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers – #Barangay Ko Bahay Ko.

Qualified beneficiaries will receive daily minimum wage for ten days by disinfecting their houses and vicinities. The disinfection must be done in coordination with the local health offices for safety. Aside from the daily wage, workers will get personal accident insurance, personal protective equipment, and cleaning kits.

TUPAD #BKBK is implemented through the barangay/local government units.

To get the assistance, LGUs must submit to the nearest DOLE field or regional offices the work program and beneficiary profile form.

For the overseas Filipino workers whose employment was affected by the pandemic, DOLE will be providing a one-time P10,000 assistance.

OFWs must submit their certificate of employment issued by their agencies. Their application will be evaluated and processed by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office or Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

OFWs are advised to get in touch with POLO in their host country if they are based abroad or visit the nearest OWWA regional office if they are currently in the Philippines.