Baguio City, Benguet – The Department of Labor and Employment – Cordillera Administrative Region Office has released a one-time financial assistance amounting to Php 5,000.00 to 251 individual beneficiaries under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program 3 (CAMP3) throughout the region starting mid-February 2022.

Under Department Order 232 series of 2022 (DO 232-22), or the Guidelines on the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program for Affected Workers in Areas under Alert Level 3 and up, it is the policy of the State to uphold the people’s constitutional rights to life and property, and provide maximum care, assistance and services to individuals and families affected by disasters, and facilitate resumption of normal social economic activities, as similarly enunciated by Republic Act 10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Act of 2010.

Last January, the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Resolution included the Cordillera Administrative Region among the areas under Alert Level 3 due to the increased resurgence of COVID-19. This was considered as a threat to the public health and national security which required the implementation of urgent critical measures such as the CAMP3 to mitigate its negative impact to the community.

The CAMP3’s safety net program covers those formal workers in the private sector of the region, whose continued employment was affected due to the temporary or permanent closure of businesses when the Alert Level 3 was implemented. Generally, the assistance does not include government workers, foreign nationals, and beneficiaries of DOLE-DOT CAMP Odette.

DO 232-22 further streamlines the implementation of the CAMP3 to affected workers in areas under Alert Level 3. It provided for the general guidelines and application procedures for the eligibility and documentary requirements of affected establishments and individuals.

In the region, various industries ranging from hotels and accommodations, restaurants/ food services, and even retail establishments applied for the said assistance. Applications for the cash aid have been evaluated thoroughly to ensure that the regulatory qualifications and documentary requirements have been met. Applicants with lacking records, or are not eligible based on the program’s guidelines were notified by the implementation team.

Beneficiaries who have since claimed their cash assistance expressed their gratitude for the timely financial help.

END//Daryll Ponard