Labor group asks DOLE for immediate release of CAMP assistance to workers

Published April 15, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Leslie Aquino

The Church People – Workers Solidarity (CWS) has called on the Department of Labor and Employment to immediately release the financial assistance to all workers affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

CWS co-chairperson Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of San Carlos issued the call after they received reports from workers’ associations and individuals that have yet to receive the P5,000 COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) assistance from the government weeks after the implementation of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.

“Many workers already complained that they cannot apply directly for the said program. It is their employer who will file the financial assistance for their workers. Sadly, many employers do not have the initiative to apply for the program on behalf of their workers. Thus, workers and their families are left without income to buy food and other basic necessities,” he said.

Alminaza said the government should oblige all companies to apply on behalf of their workers or allow workers to apply directly for the CAMP assistance.

Even the P5,000 to P8,000 Social Amelioration Program, he said, remains but a dream for many families not only from the urban poor families but also from the middle-class families.

“It is very disappointing that only 40 to 50 percent of the total intended beneficiary-families in many cities are covered by the said program which means that the remaining families will starve,” he said.

The CWS appealed to the government to release without any deduction the P5000 to P8,000 Social Amelioration Program.

It also urged the government to regularly provide relief and food packs to affected families saying that the delivery of relief goods for affected families is scarcely felt in communities.

The CWS also urged the government to effectively and safely conduct the COVID-19 free mass testing to all PUIs (persons under investigation) , PUMs (persons under monitoring), health care frontliners, and surveillance testing to communities that have confirmed cases of the virus.