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439 affected workers in Central Luzon to receive P5k financial support


City of San Fernando, PAMPANGA, March 27, 2020 - Some 439 employees who are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak will receive their P5,000 financial aide starting today, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office No. III announced Friday, March 27.

Under Department Order No. 209, s. 2020, private establishments that have implemented flexible work arrangements (FWA) or temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic may apply under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP). Upon approval of DOLE regional office, each of their employees will receive a one-time financial support of P5,000 transferred directly to the employee’s payroll account or through money remittance centers.

Regional Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita said in an interview that a total of P2.195 million is to be distributed among 439 affected workers throughout Central Luzon. “These 439 affected employees are from 71 MSMEs. Starting today, Palawan Express will send each of the beneficiaries a message notifying them of the P5,000 financial support under DOLE’s CAMP. Beneficiaries should claim the cash personally on any Palawan Express outlet or branch near them,” Campita mentioned.

According to Campita, Central Luzon was initially allotted the amount of P2.195 million for CAMP. “Ito yung unang naibabang pondo sa amin. As of today, we are still working on additional funds. 86,000 workers and counting from over 1,400 establishments are reported in Central Luzon per se to be affected by the current situation,” Campita said.

Applications from 16 MSMEs covering 87 affected workers were approved in Zambales while 15 MSMEs with 68 workers were from Bulacan. 12 approved establishments (89 workers) were from Bataan; 13 establishments (89 workers) from Pampanga; 6 establishments (39 workers) from Nueva Ecija; 5 establishments (50 workers) from Tarlac; and 4 establishments (17 workers) were from Aurora.

“We prioritized micro, small, and medium enterprises as these were presumably the ones that have no cushion to support their affected employees due to disruption and suspension of business operations. Again, we appeal to large establishments to pay the salaries of their workers in full during this time of national emergency. Nonetheless, we still process all applications received by the Department,” Campita explained.

DOLE 3 continues to process and evaluate incoming applications for CAMP while awaiting additional funds.


END/ A. Cunanan

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