Formal sector workers seeking government assistance under the COVID Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) have only until today (December 10) to apply, the labor department announced.

In Labor Advisory No. 33, Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the program being administered by DOLE had reached the number of target beneficiaries for the one-time cash assistance of P5,000 under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Bayanihan 2).

The program also covers teaching and non-teaching personnel in private educational institutions.

As of December 8, a total of 1,462,350 workers from 36,355 establishments have applied for CAMP, exceeding by more than 2,000 workers the number of target beneficiaries of the program.

Of the P4 billion CAMP allocation, over P2.3 billion or 54 percent has been disbursed to the beneficiaries, Bello said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.

He said the DOLE regional offices will still evaluate and process CAMP applications sent before the deadline.

In the same advisory, Bello said that DOLE regional offices shall continue receiving and processing applications for financial assistance under CAMP for tourism sector workers.

CAMP for tourism workers has a P3-billion budget.

As prescribed in the joint memorandum circular issued by the labor and tourism departments, Bello instructed DOLE regional offices to process the issuance of financial aid of all tourism-related major industry groups such as administrative and support service activities; accommodation and food service activities; arts, entertainment, and recreation activities, with the exception of gambling and betting services; and other service activities.

CAMP for tourism intends to benefit over 600,000 workers in the industry, one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. Today, a total of 74,254 tourism sector workers from 2,318 establishments have applied for the financial assistance.

Region 7 reported the most number of applicant workers, followed by Region 10, NCR, Region 6, and CAR.