WITH hundreds of private schools unable to operate because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday assured displaced teachers and other school personnel of assistance.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said schools should notify the Department of Labor and Employment of their closure. “Then, in order to be able to avail of CAMP (COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program) benefit, they have to give us their list of displaced workers so we can give them, initially, cash assistance,” he said.
Bello said government will look at providing them livelihood assistance in the future. “But initially, we will give them the one-time cash assistance,” he said referring to P5,000 government cash aid.
As for those who will be permanently displaced, Bello told employers to give them the mandatory separation pay.
“As long as they are regular employees, whatever the nature of their work in schools, they are entitled to separation pays,” Bello said.
But, so far, he said they have yet to get any reports of school personnel getting displaced.
“Usually, when a company, whether educational or business, stops its operations, they must notify DOLE on how many workers will be displaced. So far, we have no such records from educational institutions,” said Bello.
Last month, the Department of Education (DepEd) reported that 748 private schools nationwide have expressed intention to temporarily stop their operations in the upcoming school year due to low number of enrollees.