Koronadal City- Affected workers due to COVID-19 in the formal and informal sectors in SOCCSKSARGEN can now expect for additional assistance, this after the passage of Republic Act 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act generated a total of P 80,825,000.00 for the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12.

DOLE 12 is set to provide a one-time COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) of P 5,000.00 cash assistance to identified beneficiaries from the formal sector in the region. The P 42,825,000.00 CAMP funds of DOLE 12 will benefit a total of 8,565 unserved workers during its first wave of implementation.

Further, informal economy workers can avail of a 14-day cash for work through DOLE-Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program funds of the Department. The P 38,000.000.00 could aid 8,012 beneficiaries. TUPAD recipients are also covered with one-year GSIS insurance.

“We will prioritize unserved establishments during CAMP 1 implementation and those who registered online with the Establishment Report System through reports.dole.gov.ph,” said DOLE 12 Regional Director Raymundo Agravante.

RA 11494 or Bayanihan to Recover as One Act purposely passed by the congress to reduce the adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the socio-economic well-being of all Filipinos through the provision of assistance, subsidies, and other forms of socio-economic relief in which DOLE is among the national government agencies allocated/provided with budget to implement programs intended for affected workers displaced due to pandemic. End/CDGamboa