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DOLE PROVIDES CASH AID FOR INFORMAL, DISPLACED WORKERS
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Wednesday, April 08, 2020

A community-based safety net program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) provides temporary wage employment to informal economy workers and those who lost their livelihood or whose earnings were affected due to the enhanced community quarantine.

The “Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko Disinfection/Sanitation Project (#BKBK)” offers a daily minimum wage of P404 for informal economy workers to disinfect their houses. This is a 10-day temporary employment project which means the worker is expected to get P4,040. 

“Dili ni sila mogawas sa ilahang balay. Ang ilang trabaho is motabang og disinfect sa community by cleaning up their own houses,” Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said in her press conference on Wednesday, April 8.

The workers will also clean their surroundings while still maintaining physical distancing.

Half of the total payment is coursed through M. Lhuillier, a money remittance service provider, every five days.

Informal economy workers are independent, self-employed, small-scale producers and distributor of goods and services. 

These include laundry maids, househelps, family drivers, dishwashers, eatery helpers, and workers on "pakyawan" system, craftsmaking, native delicacy production, and home-based food processing, among others.

Another is the Covid-19 Adjustment Measure Program (CAMP) which provides a one-time cash aid of P5,000 to workers whose working hours and regular wage is reduced due to the implementation of flexible working arrangements (FWA).

This program also covers workers whose employment is temporarily suspended when their companies suspended their operations and workers in private establishments whose employments are interrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to DOLE 7 Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Ma. Teresa Tanquiamco, displaced workers, those on “No Work, No Pay” policy, whose companies shut down operations, or those on skeleton workforce are eligible for the program.

She said that the employers will apply on behalf of their workers, which would only require the latest payslip when the company adopted the FWA during the quarantine. 

The payslip should come with the name of the company, contact number and address of the worker. 

Documents must be submitted online to the respective DOLE regional or provincial offices for evaluation. The applications will be subject to cross-matching as applicants might be eligible for other existing social amelioration packages.

Once the application is approved, CAMP financial assistance will be dispensed to the beneficiaries via payroll account. This will take two weeks upon receipt of the application. The employer will receive approval or denial notice after three working days.

Companies located within the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu must send their applications to tricityfodole7camp@gmail.com while companies in Cebu Province must send to cpfodolero7camp@gmail.com.

Companies located in Negros Oriental will have to send their applications to nofodole7camp@gmail.com, companies in Siquijor to sfodole7camp@gmail.com, and companies in Bohol to doleboholcamp@gmail.com.

For other inquiries, DOLE's hotline numbers are 5128133 and 09776109202, available from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. (Eleanor Valeros)