Sat. May 8th, 2021
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The Department of Labor and Employment on Wednesday said 658,886 formal sector workers have benefited from the Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).

“Using regular funds, we were able to benefit 658,886 workers in the private sector with P3.3 billion in assistance under CAMP,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said in a virtual press conference.

Under Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD), Bello said the government was able to provide temporary jobs to 423,511 informal sector workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns.

“For informal sector workers, we have 423,511 beneficiaries worth P1.59 billion in emergency employment under TUPAD,” he said.

On the other hand, he said 315,000 displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have benefited from Abot Kamay Ang Pagtulong (AKAP) Program.

“We disbursed P3.5 billion in cash assistance to close to 315,000 OFWs who were displaced by the pandemic under AKAP,” Bello said.

He also reported under Bayanihan 2 or Bayanihan to Recover as One, the DOLE will continue to provide cash assistance to the beneficiaries of the programs with an allocation of over P16 billion.

“To continue helping workers affected by the pandemic, we were allocated a sizable amount of P16.4 billion for cash assistance,” Bello said.

Of the amount, he said P4.1 billion will go to CAMP with P300 million as assistance to private educational workers.

He said P2 billion will be for AKAP and additional P500 million for emergency repatriation programs of OFWs. SOVEREIGNPH

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