P1B payment for workers could arrive by end of January: DOLE

About 200,000 formal sector workers affected by the imposition and extension of Alert Level 3 in Metro Manila and other parts of the Philippines are expected to receive cash assistance of 5,000 pesos from the government as soon as the end January, the Ministry of Labor announced. and Employment (DOLE) said Saturday.

Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay of DOLE’s Employment and General Administration Cluster told ABS-CBN News that guidelines for the distribution of the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) are already being finalized for publication in the next 2 weeks.

More than one billion pesos of funds have been allocated for this 3rd installment of the PAC from the DOLE’s TUPAD fund for displaced or disadvantaged workers under its 2022 budget.

Tutay said the DOLE was already anticipating the need for cash assistance for workers in industries that would be affected by the stricter measures, most in the tourism, entertainment and food sectors.

She noted that these industries, particularly tourism, saw their revenues increase at the end of 2021 due to the easing of restrictions, but quickly felt the brunt of the increase in COVID-19 cases and the coronavirus. subsequent increase in alert level after the New Year.

“Instead, na bumangon, na-put on hold na naman in ngayon ay na-expand tayo hanggang end of month with Alert Level 3 in nag-expand pa ‘yong areas covered by Alert Level 3. So kailangan ‘yong assistance eat mga kababayan,” she said.

Based on its tracking from Jan. 1-6, the DOLE counted 3,284 workers at 267 establishments who lost their jobs due to permanent business closures or layoffs.

During the same period, 5,762 workers saw their earnings decrease due to flexible work arrangements or temporary business closures.

Most of these cases were in the NCR, the rest in Regions III and IV-A.

The DOLE monitors these cases through its Establishment Reporting System, or ERS.

Tutay said they expect to see a fuller picture of the impact of Alert Level 3 on businesses when they collate data for the first 2 weeks of January this week.

“Then iba na kahit Alert Level 3 mas gugustuhin nila na magsara temporarily dahil mas malaki ang gastos nila kaysa sa kikitain po nila,” she said.

“Mayroon naman pong iba na nagsasara dahil medyo matagal na itong sitwasyon et kung nakikita naman po nilang nalulugi lalong lalo na po ang mga maliliit na kompanya, mahirap din po talagang bumangon kung hindi po coherent ‘yong pag-o-open ng ating ekonomiya. ”

The application for cash assistance will be made online either by the companies concerned or by the individual beneficiaries, which will then be transmitted electronically after a process of approximately 1 week.

TOURISM AID

A separate fund of 50 million pesos has also been set aside for affected tourism workers in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism.

This is in addition to another 50 million pesos in aid released for the sector following Typhoon Odette, which hit many tourist spots in the central and southern Philippines.

“In the last quarter of 2021, the outlook for the tourism sector. We are holding the job fair for January 2022 this month from now. Some tourist destinations in various regions are affected. Then came Alert Level 3 in the NCR, which was supposed to be one of the most open tourist establishments, which determined capacity,” Tutay said.

Besides Metro Manila, more than 50 provinces and cities were placed under Alert Level 3 from Jan. 16 to the end of January.

Twenty-eight other areas were also added to the heightened alert level from January 14.

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