A labor leader is urging sugar farmers and workers to avail of the P5,000 financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
Roland de la Cruz, president of the National Congress of Unions in the Sugar Industry of the Philippines, appealed to the planters and employers of the sugar workers to let them avail of the DOLE’s Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program, a safety net program that offers one-time financial assistance, worth P5,000, to affected workers in private establishments.
Under this program, it is the responsibility of the employers to submit the Establishment Report form, the list of workers who will avail of it and the previous month’s payroll, he said.
“Once approved, DOLE will download the funds for the workers within two weeks from submission of documents,” he said.
He said the simple effort of submitting the CAMP documents will go a long way for the workers.
“Let us not wait for them to go hungry. Let us extend this generous gesture to the lifeblood of our business, our workers,” he added.
He said the employers can give in advance the P5,000 assistance to the workers, instead of wait for two weeks for DOLE to process and release the funds.
Earlier, Cyril Ticao, director of DOLE-Western Visayas based in Iloilo City, said that 14,041 workers from 558 establishments in the region were affected due to enforced flexible work arrangements and temporary closures.*
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