First timers to take front line in 2nd labor cash aid – DOLE


    GIVE others the chance.

    This was the message sent out by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday as it started to get ready for the distribution of the second round of the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) for formal sector workers adversely affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

    Under Department Order No. 218-2020, DOLE listed the employees displaced due to COVID-19 that will be given preference for the second round of the one-time cash aid.

    First in the list are micro, small, and medium establishments (MSMEs), who applied for CAMP on or before April 15 but did not receive any financial assistance.

    The DOLE said preference will also be given to other private establishments that are not categorized as MSMEs that applied for CAMP on or before April 15 but did not get the cash aid.

    It likewise said that MSMEs that will apply for CAMP for the first time will be prioritized, as well as other private establishments that are not categorized as MSMEs that will apply for the first time.

    The second round of cash assistance distribution is made possible under the Bayanihan to Recover as One, or the Bayanihan 2 law, which set aside P5 billion to help some 993,432 formal sector workers.

    CAMP is a one-time financial support of P5,000 to COVID-19 affected workers in private establishments.

    As for informal sector workers, DOLE said the next round of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program will feature a different list of jobs.

    This is in contrast to the first round of the emergency employment program, wherein the nature of work is disinfection/sanitation of their home and their immediate surroundings.

    Under Department Order No. 219-2020, beneficiaries may be hired to do social and economic community projects such as repair, maintenance, and/or improvement of common public facilities and infrastructure, farm-to-market roads, bridges, post-harvest facilities, public markets, and common service facilities.

    They may also be tapped for agro-forestry community projects, such as tree planting, seedling preparation, group re-forestation, and community gardening in public facilities.

    DOLE said they may also be hired by local government units for the delivery of essential goods and services, such as food and non-food items, to frontliners and the general public; for packing of relief goods and other related tasks assigned; and prepare, design, disseminate, and post information and educational materials, especially in rural areas.

    TUPAD beneficiaries may also help transport services in setting up mobile markets.

    DOLE said they may likewise be tapped in the disinfection or sanitation of community, or other public facilities.

    The DOLE said the TUPAD programs, which has a funding of P6 billion, will benefit 863,867 informal sector workers.

    TUPAD is a program for informal sector workers, wherein they are engaged in emergency employment and were paid with the minimum wage prevailing in their respective regions.