Labor dept to stop accepting cash aid applications as DOF begins wage subsidy program

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Posted at Apr 15 2020 07:12 PM | Updated as of Apr 15 2020 11:01 PM

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MANILA – The labor department will stop accepting cash aid applications for formal sector workers starting Wednesday as the Department of Finance begins to implement its program for small businesses, an official said. 

The Department of Labor and Employment’s COVID-19 Adjustment Measure Program (CAMP) for the formal sector has already provided a one-time P5,000 cash assistance to some 228,132 workers, Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay told DZMM radio.

“We will be ending today the application for COVID-19 adjustment measures program (CAMP) as the wage subsidy program will already transition to that wage subsidy for small business program of the DOF,” Tutay said. 

Evaluation for submitted applications are still on-going and more cash aid will be distributed once its request for additional funding is approved, Tutay said. 

Workers of small business are eligible to receive cash aid from the government under the Finance Department’s "P51 billion Small Business Wage Subsidy," which will provide 2 tranches of cash aid to employees in May, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles earlier said.

Jobs of millions of workers in Luzon were affected by the enhanced community quarantine imposed until April 30 to beat COVID-19.