Department of Labor and Employment
May 10, 2021
Over 500k tourism workers get CAMP aid; applications now closed
More than 520,000 displaced workers in the tourism sector benefitted from the government’s Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program, the labor department said on Monday.
DOLE said the number of beneficiaries has been reached for the P3.1 billion assistance fund with 215,000 more applications still being processed by regional offices.
This prompted DOLE and the Department of Tourism to announce the termination of acceptance of application for the assistance program.
In an advisory, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said “Effective 5:00 pm, 10 May 2021, the Department of Labor and Employment in coordination with the Department of Tourism, shall cease to accept online applications for the Php 5,000.00 financial assistance under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) for the Tourism Sector.”
Based on the record as of May 9, 2021, the labor department has approved the application of 503,616 workers from 17,607 establishments, organizations, and associations nationwide, while 17,408 workers in the tourism sector who have applied individually have also been identified as beneficiaries.
The DOLE has remitted P1,773,740,000 to payment centers for 354,748 worker beneficiaries while the remaining 166,276 approved applications equivalent to a total of P831,380,000 are scheduled for disbursement.
The advisory noted that it will still be evaluating and processing payment of the remaining applications.
On the other hand, DOLE-Information and Publication Service Director Rolly Francia clarified that pending the approval of the Bayanihan Law 3, the department is not expecting any other additional funding for the said financial amelioration program for the workers.
The COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) is a safety net program of the labor department that provides one-time financial support to affected workers in the formal sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic. #Paul Ang