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MAASIN CITY, April 25 (PIA) -- Owners of stores or other establishments, who have violated certain rules from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), can still apply for financial assistance under the government's COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) through DOLE.

“Don’t worry, the government won’t run after you,” Norman Ordiz, provincial public employment services officer (PESO), said during the media briefing Tuesday, adding that the violation is another story.

CAMP is the labor agency’s response to workers in the formal sector who ran out of work as the businesses they are in have closed due to enhanced or heightened quarantine orders strictly implemented in their localities as a precaution to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The process is still ongoing, where employers can directly submit their vouchers or other necessary documents to DOLE, including those businesses that have violations of DOLE’s rules can avail in behalf of their employees, Ordiz said.

“I’m sure most of the CAMP beneficiaries have received, as the money goes directly to their account,” Ordiz said, referring to the P5,000 cash assistance due each worker.

When asked if the employers, especially those non-compliant to DOLE rules, will not avail of CAMP but the workers want to, Ordiz assured that the concerned workers can come and see him in his office at the provincial assessor, the office where he heads.

Meanwhile, as to the assistance for the informal sector, some of the checks for municipalities were already in, but not yet distributed as the personal protective equipment (PPEs) have not yet arrived.

Under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay for Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers Program, Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko Project, those qualified will clean their homes for 10 days using the disinfectants and PPEs provided by DOLE for a daily wage based on the minimum in the locality, for the province its P325 per day, Ordiz reported.

Identification for those belonging to the informal sector who are also badly affected by the current quarantine was coursed through the barangay officials in close coordination with the municipal, city public employment service officers, Ordiz said.

Informal workers include food vendors, trike, pot-pot drivers, fishers, and farmers, among others.

Ordiz also said Rep. Roger Mercado extended P8 million on top of DOLE’s regular funds for the cash assistance to workers in the informal sector. (ldl/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)