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DOLE-RO VIII to give financial aid to COVID-19 affected workers
Tacloban City – The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. VIII will provide financial assistance to private sector workers who are affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.
Signed by DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on 17 March 2020, Department Order No. 209 promulgates the guidelines for the implementation of COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP). It is a safety net program that offers financial support to affected workers in the private establishments that have adopted Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs) or temporary closure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under CAMP, DOLE would provide a one-time financial aid equivalent to Php 5,000.00 to affected workers in lump sum, non-conditional and regardless of employment status.
In an interview via phone patch by media partners, DOLE-RO VIII Director Yahya A. Centi informed the public about the details of the program. 
“CAMP is one of the department’s response to the COVID-19 crisis we are experiencing now. Through this program we hope to bring relief to our private sector workers and eventually mitigate the immediate adverse economic impacts”, said Centi. 
In order to avail of the said  assistance, affected establishments shall submit to DOLE online their applications with complete documentary requirements, as follows: (a) Establishment Report on the COVID-19 pursuant to Labor Advisory No. 9, Series of 2020; and (b) Company Payroll for the month prior the implementation of FWAs or temporary closure. 
Centi clarified during the interview that the said assistance is not automatic and that applications will still go through an evaluation and validation process.
“We want to emphasize that availment of the program is not automatic, therefore there is a need for our private employers to apply and submit complete requirements. After that our team will evaluate and do the necessary actions,” Centi added.
D.O. 209 provides that all applications received with complete requirements will be evaluated and may be denied by the DOLE Regional Director for any of the following grounds: (a) ineligibility of the applicant; (b) misrepresentation of facts in the application; and (c) submission of falsified or tampered document.
Centi also mentioned during the interview that the Regional Office will be taking steps in order to implement the program the soonest possible. He ended the interview by sending a message to the public particularly the private establishments and workers.
“In behalf of DOLE-RO VIII, I would like to assure our private workers that we are one with you in facing these tough times. We are doing our best to implement the program as soon as possible for the benefit of the clients we serve here in the region”, Centi ended. End/Norma Rae S. Costimiano
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