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Department Order No. 209 series of 2020

Employer eligibility

Employment facilitation

DOLE grants Php 5,000.00 assistance to workers affected by COVID-19

DOLE issues Guidelines on Implementing the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (“CAMP”) for giving Php 5,000.00 cash assistance to workers affected by COVID-19

Last updated on 19 March 2020

The Department of Labor and Employment (“DOLE”) recently issued Department Order No. 209 series of 2020 providing for guidelines on implementing CAMP. CAMP is a safety net program offering financial support of up to Php 5,000.00 to affected workers in private establishments that have adopted Flexible Work Arrangements (“FWA”) or temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CAMP aims to mitigate the adverse economic impact and reduced income of businesses and employees due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A copy of Department Order No. 209 series of 2020 is available here: link.

I. Who are covered by CAMP?

A. Employer eligibility

Private establishments that have implemented FWA or temporary closure as mitigating measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FWA should be in line with DOLE Labor Advisory No. 09, series of 2020 (i.e. reduction of workhours/workdays, rotation of workers, forced leave).

B. Worker eligibility

Workers in private establishments whose employment face interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, such as:

  1. Retained workers who do not receive regular wage – workers whose working hours and regular wage are reduced due to the employer implementing FWA as mitigating measures
  2. Suspended workers – workers whose employment is temporarily suspended by reason of the employer suspending business operations

The CAMP covers workers in private establishments affected by the COVID-19 pandemic from its onset in January 2020 until the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine on 14 April 2020, unless extended by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (“IATF”). Large establishments are highly encouraged to cover the full wages of employees within 1-month community quarantine period.

II. How does CAMP work?

A. Financial assistance

A one-time financial assistance equivalent to Php 5,000.00 will be provided to affected workers in lump sum, non-conditional, regardless of employment status. Relative to DOLE Labor Advisory No. 11, Series of 2020, which states that the leaves of absence of workers during the quarantine period are to be charged against their leave credits, the financial assistance may be used to cover remaining unpaid leaves of affected workers.

B. Employment facilitation

The CAMP will also provide affected workers access to available job opportunities suitable to their qualifications through job matching, referral and placement services either for local or overseas employment, employment coaching, and labor market information.

C. Applying for assistance under CAMP

If your business and workers are eligible to avail of the benefits of the CAMP, submit the following documentary requirements:

  1. Establishment Report to the DOLE setting forth the FWA adopted in the workplace or the temporary closure implemented; and
  2. Company Payroll for the month prior to implementation of the FWA or temporary closure.

online to the appropriate DOLE Regional Office or any of its Provincial/Fields Offices.  The concerned DOLE Regional Office will evaluate your application within 3 working days from receipt thereof and issue through email either a Notice of Approval (for approved applications) or Notice of Denial (for denied applications). The grounds for denial of the application include ineligibility of the applicant, misrepresentation of facts in the application, or submission of falsified or tampered document.

D. Disbursement of financial support and employment facilitation for approved applications

The concerned DOLE Regional Office will issue the financial support directly to the worker's payroll account through bank transfer within two (2) weeks upon receipt of the Notice of Approval.

The concerned DOLE Regional/Field/Satellite Office will refer workers to the nearest Public Employment Services Offices for the provision of a full-cycle employment facilitation. Beneficiaries who intend to find subsequent local and overseas wage employment will be referred to appropriate employers with job vacancies matching their qualifications and provided employment coaching and relevant labor market information.