GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has allotted an additional PHP80.8 million to help workers in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) who are hit hard by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
Raymundo Agravante, DOLE-Region 12 director, said Wednesday preparations are underway to release the assistance to some 16,577 workers in the region from the formal and informal sectors.
Agravante said funds would be used for the second wave of the Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) and the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa mga Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (Tupad).
The release of the additional assistance is based on Republic Act 11494, or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, which is also known as Bayanihan 2, he said.
“Our top priority is the unserved workers during the first wave of implementation,” he told reporters.
Agravante said a total of PHP42.8 million was set aside for CAMP-2 and PHP38 million for Tupad.
Under CAMP-2, he said some 8,565 formal workers from the 544 business establishments and companies in the region would receive a one-time cash aid of PHP5,000 each.
The beneficiaries comprise employees from businesses that have flexible work arrangements and closed down temporarily due to the community quarantine measures against Covid-19, he said.
For Tupad, the official said they have identified around 8,012 beneficiaries from the informal sector, in coordination with the local government units.
In the first wave, the beneficiaries were hired by barangays to work on community disinfection or sanitation projects for at least 10 days and received salaries based on the prevailing daily minimum wage, which is set at PHP336 per day.
The agency said a total of 939 recipients have been identified in each of the region’s eight congressional districts.
At least PHP4.6 million in salaries and PHP52,584 in one-year insurance coverage with the Government Service Insurance System were allotted for each district.
In the first wave of the CAMP rollout, DOLE-12 released a total PHP45.8 million to 9,177 workers from 736 businesses in the region.
Some 12,212 informal workers benefited from Tupad, with the total releases reaching a total of P42.9 million. (PNA)