Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said employees may also apply on their own for the government’s COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) financial assistance if their employers refuse to do so
“We advise the worker to tell their coworkers to submit it (CAMP application) themselves,” he said during the Laging Handa press briefing on March 31, Tuesday.
“We will send the money to [them] through [money remittance service]… We won’t have them go through their employers anymore,” added Bello.
CAMP is a safety net program that offers a one-time P5,000 financial support to employees of companies or business establishments that have adopted flexible work arrangements or temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To avail of the assistance, employers must submit their company payroll for February or earlier, which is before the implementation of the flexible working arrangements or temporary closure.
Bello appealed anew to employers in the private sector to apply for DOLE’s CAMP.
“We call on employers to please send your payroll at the soonest possible time for us to see the list of your workers that will receive the P5,000 cash assistance,” he said.
“Our instruction is you will get the cash assistance within 48 hours upon receipt of the payroll,” added Bello.
The labor chief, however, said that they cannot slap criminal complaints against companies that refuse to process CAMP applications.
“Actually there is no criminal liability maybe administrative. But let us not talk about penalty,” said Bello.
“Our concern at this time is how to bring the cash assistance to employees,” he added.
Labor group Defend Jobs Philippines on March 30 submitted to the labor department a list of private companies that allegedly have yet to apply for financial assistance from the government for the benefit of their workers.
The group’s list included some 3,557 companies.
In a statement, Thadeus Ifurung, Defend Jobs Philippines spokesperson, said the submitted list came from the almost 16,432 online complaints received by their group from March 24 to 28 in their ongoing COVID-19 Labor Monitor campaign.
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