Displaced workers urged to get gov’t financial aid, seek emergency employment

Published December 3, 2020, 2:55 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Displaced tourism workers in the formal and informal sectors were urged by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to avail of the financial assistance and the emergency employment program of the government.


In a Joint Memorandum Circular, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, said tourism industry workers, such as tour guides and service staff, may receive a one-time financial aid amounting to P5,000 under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).
It said workers may avail of the assistance provided that they are employed under a Department of Tourism (DOT)-accredited Primary Tourism Enterprise, DOT-accredited Secondary Tourism Enterprise, Local Government Unit-licensed (non-DOT-accredited) Primary Tourism Enterprise, or a registered Community-Based Tourism Organization (CBTO).
Establishments with DOT accreditation may directly visit https://reports.dole.gov.ph/ for the online application.
DoLE said to apply, applicants may select the “Apply for CAMP Financial Assistance” option.

“If applying for laid-off workers, the applicant simply needs to fill in the online form,” added the Labor department.
According to DoLE, each applicant will be given a tracking number to monitor the progress of their application.
As for workers in the informal sector whose means of livelihood are tourism-related, DoLE said, they may apply for inclusion in the cash-for-work program under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program.

The CAMP and TUPAD are being implemented in fulfilment of the goals of Republic Act No. 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, which was enacted on September 11 to address the widespread economic and societal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.