January 29, 2023

Only few displaced private sector workers in the Cordillera have so far availed of the Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program of the Department of Labor and Employment under the Bayanihan Act 2.

Concerned workers have only have until Dec. 10 to file their application for CAMP 2.

DOLE-Cordillera Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman said the department is targeting to pay 29,363 workers in the region under CAMP 2 for which Cordillera was allotted P147 million.

CAMP grants P5,000 one-time financial assistance to each worker regardless of employment status.

Guzman said they have paid 7,188 workers as of Nov. 27 under CAMP 2.

He called on the concerned workers to avail of the assistance before the fund lapses.

He said most the employers they spoke with said their employees have already applied and claimed other government assistance programs, such as the Small Business Wage Subsidy of the Social Security System.

A total of 5,206 establishments involving 80,424 workers have been displaced in the Cordillera, which have implemented measures such as flexible work arrangement – 966 establishments, with 20,808 workers; reduction of workdays – 413 establishments with 11,158 workers; rotation of work – 205 establishments with 4,488 workers; forced leave – 261 establishments with 3,673 workers; telecommuting/work from home – affecting 1,489 workers; and 4,240 establishments implemented temporary closure with 59,616 affected workers.

The Cordillera was allotted P128 M under CAMP 1, which paid 25,734 workers.

CAMP 2 covers micro, small, and medium establishments that applied for CAMP but did not receive any assistance under Bayanihan 1; other private establishments that are not MSMEs; MSMEs that will apply for the first time under Bayanihan 2.

DOLE Asst. Regional Director Jesus Atal added CAMP 2 also focuses on the workers in the tourism and education sectors and will prioritize un-served beneficiaries under Bayanihan 1.

Covered tourism workers include those working in establishments not accredited by the Department of Tourism but are licensed by local government units.

The DOT provided the Cordillera additional P49M as aid to tourism workers.

Covered in the education sector are displaced teaching and non-teaching personnel, including part-time faculty or non-permanent teaching personnel, in private and public elementary secondary, and tertiary education institutions; part-time faculty in state colleges and universities; and displaced trainers and assessors in public and private technical vocational institutions and assessment centers.

Application for the assistance and submission of documentary requirements is done online through https://reports.dole.gov.ph/. – Hanna C. Lacsamana

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