As the COVID-19 pandemic become a hindrance to workers to sustain their everyday living, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) highlighted the implementation of its COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) to address gaps for the affected workers. CAMP serves as a safety net program of financial support to affected workers in private establishments that have adopted flexible work arrangements or temporary closure. The program was intended to mitigate the economic impact of reduced income due to the pandemic.
DOLE analyzed their strong and weak points in implementing the said program. It was identified that the majority of the CAMP applications were Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) acquiring a total of over 1.6M applications and over 550,000 workers have already received the aid as of May 2020.
However, due to budget limitations, the agency has only accommodated 650,000 workers and still seeking ways to accommodate the unserved applications. These updates were given by DOLE Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay during the eFora on “Preserving Jobs: Reshaping the Future of Work and the Talent Pool”- Episode 6 of the #ResilienceandRecoveryPH: An eForum Series organized by the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT), Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF).
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