All private companies affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis may apply for “one-time financial assistance” worth P5,000 regardless of the employment status, the labor department has announced.
Luigi Evangelista, field officer of the Department of Labor and Employment Office (DOLE) Palawan, said Monday that it is based on Department Order No. 209-2020, or the Guidelines for the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).
“First time na magkakaroon tayo ng ganito sa DOLE dahil sa COVID-19 at first-time lang din talaga na naapektuhan ang ating economy. Ang amount na ‘yan ay per worker, regardless of their employment status, contractual or regular, basta under ng private companies,” he said.
P5,000 for Private Employees
Affected establishments are those that are private and have implemented Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs) as defined under DOLE Labor Advisory No. 09, Series of 2020.
The following are the requirements needed to be submitted by the employer who implemented flexible work arrangement (FWA) or temporary company closure:
- Establishment Report on COVID-19 (https://www.dole.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/labor-advisory-no.-12-1.pdf); and
- One-month company payroll before the FWA implementation closure with the name and signature of the authorized official in the company.
Documents may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Evangelista also said that all documents submitted are subject to validation and approval of the DOLE.
An applicant may be denied due to ineligibility, misrepresentation of facts in the application or presentation of the falsified or tampered documents.
He also said that all papers submitted to them are still under process.
“Nakasalalay po ‘yan sa employer ninyo ang approval, basta siya lang ang dapat magsubmit ng mga requirements. Sa ngayon ay wala pa kaming nare-release na amount kasi on process and for validation pa ang mga papel na ipinasa sa amin,” Evangelista said.
P3,200 for Informal Sector
Evangelista also said that P3,200 cash assistance may be availed by the informal sector workers through their Tupad Barangay Ko, Buhay Ko (Tupad #BKBK) Program.
“P3,200 for informal sectors yan kasama na jan ‘yong drivers, farmers, fisherfolks, freelancers, vendors at iba pa,” Evangelista said.
The informal sector workers need to be certified by their barangay captains, who then are required to submit the list to City PESO.
The list will be verified by the City PESO and DOLE, and upon the approval, the assistance will be coursed through their respective barangays.
The application for cash assistance has started on March 21.
DOLE Palawan reminds all those who will submit applications to avoid submitting applications twice to prevent technical problems in their email account.
“Makakasiguro po na ang lahat ng mga natanggap na aplikasyon sa email ay sinusuring mabuti. Sa ngayon, ang nakakatanggap lamang ng mensahe mula sa DOLE Palawan ay ang mga may kulang o mali sa isinumiteng requirements,” it said.
“Pinapaalalahan din po ang lahat ukol sa payroll na isusumite na dapat ito ay may mga kaukulang lagda at pangalan ng mga awtorisadong signatories ng kumpanya upang ang inyong aplikasyon ay maaprubahan,” it added. (with reports from Romar Miranda)