The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is set to release the one-time financial assistance worth ₱5,000 to the workers affected by the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon and Metro Manila.
In an interview, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said that all employees, whatever their employment status are eligible to get financial assistance.
Bello clarified that the people who would receive the one-time assistance would be based on the payroll list submitted by the employers to DOLE.
According to DOLE, people who are eligible to apply must be working to a private establishment that affected by the COVID-19.
Employers are also required to submit the following via online to DOLE’s regional office or its provincial/field offices:
- Establishment Report on the COVID-19 pursuant to Labor Advisory No. 9 Series of 2020
- Company payroll for the month prior to the implementation of flexible work arrangement or temporary closure
Within three working days, employers/applicants should receive the following email from DOLE.
- For approved application: Notice of Approval
- For denied application: Notice of denial
If DOLE approved the application of the employer/applicant, the agency shall issue the financial support directly to the beneficiary’s payroll account.
Aside from the cash assistance, DOLE also announced that they’re going to launch a ‘Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa displaced/underprivileged workers’ (TUPAD)’ financial assistance program for informal workers.
Bello said that the program was aimed to give temporary jobs to the informal workers.
Informal workers that eligible to join the program are going to receive a minimum wage salary.
Tricycle drivers, taxi drivers and street vendors are part of the informal sectors.