LEGAZPI CITY, Jan 18 (PIA) - Some 37, 988 workers affected by the Covid-19 in the Bicol received the P5,000 cash assistance under the Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
"As of January 15, meron po tayong 37, 988 na mga empleyadong nakatanggap na ng P5,000 one - time financial assistance para sa mga empleyado sa formal sector. Yan po ay may amount na Php 189, 936, 360 (As of January 15, we have 37, 988 employers who received the P5,000 one - time financial assistance for employers in the formal sector. That's Php 189, 936, 360)," DOLE Bicol information officer Johanna Vi Gasga said.
Gasga said DOLE Bicol targets to release 100% of the alloted fund for the program this January.
"For CAMP, ang allotment nito para sa Bicol region ay P217, 681, 789 covering 43, 537 na mga workers in the formal sector (For CAMP, the allotment for the Bicol region is P217, 681, 789 covering 43, 537 workers)," Gasga said.
At least Php 27, 745, 430 is set to be released to 5, 549 beneficiaries.
"Ongoing ang processing ng mga vouchers. Kailangan lang nila hintaying yung reference code from M. Lhuiller o sa payroll account nila para matanggap na nila (The processing of vouchers is ongoing. They just need to wait for the reference code from M. Lhuiller or their payroll account)," she added.
Gasga cited conflict and errors on contact details as one of the reasons for delay in the release of remaining fund.
"Yung iba di pa nakakarecieve ng reference code. Yung iba naman di macontact ang cellphone number na ibinigay nila. Yung iba nandun sa listahan
Judy Ann B. Topia, a 24 - year old employee of Sunwest Corporation from Tabaco City, cited as blessing the assistance she received.
ng beneficiairies pero wala sila sa payroll (Others have not received the reference code while we can't contact some of the cellphone numbers. Others are in the list of beneficiaries but are not in the payroll list.), " Gasga said.
"For those who did not yet receive the assistance, they can coordinate with our office. They can track online the status of their application. They will also receive notifications," she added.
Some applicants, however, exceeded the allotted fund and number of beneficiaries. Moreover, Gasga assures continuation of other DOLE programs and interventions for displaced workers.
"Marami yung nagstop na for evaluation. Ibig sabihin hinda na kayo naabot ng pondo. Kung mabibigyan uli tayo ng pondo, agad naming ibibigay sa mga nawalan ng trabaho (Many stopped for evaluation. It means that you are not anymore covered by the fund. If we will be given another funding, it will be immediately released to the displaced workers)," she said.
The use of online system for the CAMP2, Gasga said, paved way to faster release of the cash aid.
"Bumaba ang pondo ng November, by December more than half na kami. More than 90% na kami by the end of December (The fund was downloaded on November. We released more than half by December. By the end of December, we're more than 90%)," she said.
Furthermore, Gasga urged the public, particularly the workers and employers, to be early in filing their applications and be constantly updated on government programs and services at the Facebook pages of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA Albay) and DOLE Bicol. (SAA-PIA5/Albay)