Around 1,160 workers in Western Visayas benefitted from the initial release of Php5.8M financial assistance under the COVID 19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) 3 of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Each beneficiary received a one-time financial assistance of Php5,000.
DOLE-6 Regional Director Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez Jr. said that most of the affected workers are from establishments that engaged in accommodation and food services. They accounted for 42.84% of the beneficiaries.
Some of the beneficiaries are from transportation and storage, education, manufacturing, real estate, wholesale and retail, construction and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles industry.
The third wave of financial assistance under the CAMP was provided to displaced or temporarily laid off workers affected by retrenchment, permanent or temporary closure implemented by their employers as a mitigating measure to the effect of COVID-19 during the implementation of Alert Level 3 or higher in their area.
Marilou V. Biñas thanked DOLE for the assistance she received. The benefits helped sustain their needs when the learning center she is working with ceased its operation during the declaration of Alert Level 3 in Roxas, Capiz.
“The assistance helped me and my co-employees now that we temporarily lost our job,” Biñas said.
To fill the needs of the affected workers, Atty. Rodriguez supervised in the fast evaluation of the applications and in the timely release of the financial assistance.
Due to the effect of the declaration of Alert Level 3 in the tourism industry in Boracay Island, the Province of Aklan recorded the most number of affected workers (739), followed by Capiz (164) and Iloilo (131).