In an interview, citing Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)’s Labor Advisory No. 30-A, series of 2020, titled “CAMP-Bayanihan 2 Expanded Coverage of Affected Workers,” DOLE-Bicol’s spokesperson Johanna Vi Gasga bared Monday that the agency is expanding the coverage of the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program or CAMP to include freelance workers or independent contractors.
According to Gasga, the DOLE advisory orders them to include online applications of workers “that are engaged to perform the job, work, or service on its own account and under one’s own responsibility, and whose employment was severed or suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic shall likewise be covered under CAMP-Bayanihan 2.”
“In the past days, we are disqualifying those who already received cash aid under Bayanihan 1 last April. With this recent advisory, we will include them already in CAMP under Bayanihan 2. But we must take note that CAMP slots could be availed of on a first-come, first-served basis only,” said Gasga.
“Also, the increase in online applications started when we put up DOLE-5’s help desks that assist walk-in applicants to apply online,” added Gasga.
The requirements to be submitted if one plans to apply for the cash assistance program are a clear photo of the applicant; copy of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Form 2303 or Certificate of Registration; or income tax return (ITR); or copy of the latest service agreement or contract covering March 17, 2020, onwards.
Furthermore, the DOLE official said the CAMP-DOLE is eyeing 30,023 beneficiaries from various work fields — CAMP-tourism, 12,788 workers from the tourism industry; and CAMP-education, 725 displaced workers in the education sector, that may come from the public or private schools.
According to her, DOLE-Bicol is continuously encouraging workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic and the destructive typhoons that hit Bicol to avail of the government cash assistance by applying via DOLE’s website: reports.dole.gov.ph/.