In a virtual forum, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay said Friday that the agency is looking to pay the remainder of the 1.4 million target beneficiaries under its COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) next week.
“We have 1.1 million current applications for CAMP. We already paid about 350,000 workers as of yesterday (Thursday). By next week will be reaching more than 50 percent. 60 to 70 percent that will be a good batting average,” Tutay said.
“We already gave PHP3 billion to the regional offices. There’s an additional P2, or P3 billion more than 500,000 will benefit from TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers) program. If it will reach PHP6 billion, there will be more than 800,000 beneficiaries; priority is calamity stricken areas (such as) Bicol region, Regions 1, 3, 4A and 4B,” Tutay added.
Under CAMP, formal sector workers will be getting a one-time cash subsidy amounting to P5,000. Beneficiaries will also be provided emergency employment for two weeks and will be paid based on the prevailing minimum wage in the area they are employed.
DOLE eyes to distribute all the payouts for the beneficiaries of CAMP on December 19.