After their announcement that they’ll help regular employees without leave credits, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) finally gave further details about the Emergency Employment Program (EEP) or the program for people or employees who are not regular.
DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that DOLE has a P1.3 billion budget as financial assistance due to the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the country. After they’ve set the details and the announcement about the aid they’ll give regular employees, probationary and irregular employees should not worry.
The Tulong Pangkabuhayan Benefit
The EEP that is under the wholeness of the Tulong Pangkabuhayan Benefit sa Displaced or Underprivileged (TUPAD) Workers Benefit, has a fund totaling P180 million. Having more than 16,000 informal workers, DOLE has set their expectation that they’ll be helped and assisted.
Silvestre Bello said that the TUPAD benefit’s budget and financial assistance allocation would be to properly and appropriately disinfect barangays, communities, and other smaller forms of community at a certain location.
The initial allocation for TUPAD will pay for barangay works to disinfect the communities, while the CAMP represents financial assistance to the quarantine displaced workers.”
The call for the help of private companies and conglomerates
To add to the financial assistance from DOLE, Bello also reiterated the call of our dear President Duterte for the help of conglomerate owners and business giants lie Ayala, Aboitiz, Metro Pacific, SMC, Villar, Summit, SM, and other companies who have the well capability to take care of their employees and workers.
In his announcement, he said that the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) changed and drastically made everyone’s lives more challenging and difficult. So, by being helped by these large corporations, everything can be put in place.
All the Philippine government is asking is for the mere cooperation and the consideration of these business owners and corporations.
There is no denying that COVID-19 has considerably changed the normal lives we have and the regular work we do. In this extraordinary difficult situation under this extraordinary times, our long-enduring partnership and cooperation is more crucial than in any other similar exigencies in the past.”
State of Calamity Throughout the Country
With the declaration that the COVID-19 is already a state of calamity throughout the entire nation, employers and workers from all around the Philippines have gone through a state of panic.
Thousands and hundreds of people are panicking to purchase basic and key commodities to the point that they are not leaving some for other people. The Presidential Proclamation No. 929, or commonly known as the declaration of a state of calamity throughout the Philippines due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 has officially been filed in the office.
For everyone’s information, the Code Alert System for the COVID-19 was recently raised to Code Red Sublevel two (2). This is according to the recommendation of the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).
Until when will we be under a state of calamity?
Based on the Presidential Proclamation, the nation is declared to be under a State of Calamity throughout the Philippines for a period of six (6) months. However, it is also stated in the document that should be the calamity be discussed and displaced as lifted or extended, it will be acceptable.
In our circumstances now, the enhanced community quarantine is observed and practiced all throughout the island of Luzon until the 12th of April, 2020. Again, this can only be interfered with should it be lifted or extended.
For now, DOLE’s assistance in the Emergency Employment Program (EEP) is among the many actions that our government has partaken to help people who are severely stricken by the disease.
With the financial assistance from DOLE, even those who are under probationary employment or those who are not regular with their jobs have the capability to earn. In terms of the assistance and the helping of private companies and conglomerates, it is yet to be discussed and announced. Each company, should they consider it, will have their own ways and incentives for their people.
The continuous efforts and assistance of our government, hopefully, is enough to suffice the needs of our country amidst this situation we are in now. What do you thin about the action plan? Can this help the multitude of workers in the country?
Source: Eagle News PH