DOLE allocates P1B for cash assistance to workers affected by COVID restrictions

Published January 19, 2022, 9:22 AM

by Faith Argosino

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has allocated P1 billion for workers affected by the the stricter measures that were implemented, especially in Metro Manila, due to the continuous rise in coronavirus cases in the country.

“With Alert Level 3 extending its period and coverage, the DOLE set aside P1 billion to provide a one-time P5,000 financial assistance for workers in the formal sector,” DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.

“We will start accepting applications anytime soon once the guidelines is published,” he added.

The fund allocation is under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) which is on top of the implementation of calamity and pandemic response and recovery initiatives.

Bello said that the aftermath of Typhoon Odette and the recent surge of COVID-19 cases had derailed the country’s economic and employment recovery.

“Looking at the November 2021 result of the Labor Force Survey, we have been reaping the fruits of a risk management approach, and the government’s policy to shift to the alert level system with granular lockdowns has been effective in mitigating the employment impacts of the virus,” said Bello.

“However, recent events such as Typhoon Odette and the sudden surge of COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant were seen to derail our economic and employment recovery,” he added.

In response, Bello said department has already distributed emergency employment funds amounting to P120 million under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD), which benefited 25,000 beneficiaries.

He said some P50 million worth of TUPAD funds for tourism workers and another P50 million for the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) was allocated for Metro Manila.

“We will continue to support the National Task Force Against COVID-19’s vaccination roll-out and booster shots, particularly for our workers, and ensure strict adherence of businesses and workers to minimum public health standards and occupational safety and health policies,” said Bello.