Frequently Asked Questions regarding CAMP:
From: Department of Labor and Employment – Bureau of Local Employment (Facebook Page)
A lot of people have been asking us questions about the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP). The Department of Labor and Employment – Bureau of Local Employment, through their Facebook page, has released answers to the frequently asked questions about the CAMP. We have collated the questions for your convenience:
- Are probationary and newly-hired employees entitled
- Yes, all employees in the private sector REGARDLESS of employment status are entitled to CAMP (i.e. permanent, probationary, contractual).
- Are construction workers who suffered income
reduction by reason of temporary closure covered by CAMP?
- Yes, if the worker is actively employed, or has an on-going contract with the employer prior to the implementation of the ECQ.
- Are JobStart Beneficiaries who lost income due to
temporary closure entitled to CAMP?
- Yes, JobStart Beneficiaries in their internship phase are covered by CAMP due to their income reduction, and because they are still included in the company payroll.
- Are drivers, ambulant vendors, marginalized farmers,
those without employers, and those part of the informal sector entitled to
- No, CAMP is for the salaried formal sector workers with employer-employee relationship. For the informal sector, DOLE offers TUPAD #BKBK (Barangay ko, Bahay Ko) or emergency employment.
- Are the members of the top management covered by the
- No, the top management such as the President, Vice President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director, Members of the Board, and other high-ranking officials are not covered under CAMP.
- Are large establishments covered by CAMP?
- Yes, employees working in large establishments are still covered. However, DOLE prioritizes Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
- If an employee received his/her 13th month pay in
advance, is he/she still entitled to CAMP?
- Yes, an employee is still entitled of CAMP despite receiving his/her 13th month pay in advance. Paying an employee’s 13th month pay is not due to income reduction.
- If an employee is receiving his/her full salary in a
work-from-home (WFH) arrangement, is he/she still entitled to CAMP?
- No, those entitled to CAMP are employees who suffered income reduction/loss.
- However, the establishment which adopted a WFH scheme may still apply for CAMP, provided that the employee has suffered income loss or reduction.
- If the employee’s leave credits are not fully
utilized, can an employee still avail of CAMP?
- Yes, an employee can avail of CAMP although he/she has not fully exhausted all his/her leave credits. Employees who experienced income reduction are entitled to CAMP.
- Are employees on maternity leave covered by CAMP?
- No, because they did not suffer income reduction, and are still being paid their full salaries.
- What other requirements may be submitted in lieu of
the company payroll?
- The company may submit pay slips as an alternative to the company payroll.
- Are there additional requirements besides the CAMP
establishment report and Company payroll?
requires the submission of the following information through email:
- Payroll Account Numbers of Affected Workers; and
- Company Payroll’s Bank name (with specification on the branch and branch address).
- DOLE requires the submission of the following information through email:
- As to the portion in the establishment report
concerning the salary of the employee, what if the employee is compensated
- The employer may indicate that the employee’s salary arrangement is weekly.
- Where would the company apply if it has branch
- The branch office may apply with the DOLE Regional/Field/Provincial Office where it is situated.
- Is there a deadline in the submission of the CAMP
- None. However, the DOLE advises the employers to submit as early as possible for immediate processing.
- What if the requirements submitted are incomplete?
- DOLE will not process the application should it lack details such as name, signature, etc.
- Where will the P5,000.00 financial support under
CAMP be deposited?
- It will be deposited directly to the employee’s account.
- What if the employee has no payroll account? How
will he/she get the financial assistance?
- If the employee has no payroll account, the financial assistance may be sent to him/her through money remittance.
- Is it true that the allocated budget for CAMP is
- No, the government has sufficient funds for this project.
- Is there a limit as to the number of employees in a
company who may apply for CAMP?
- None, all eligible workers in the company may be applied by the employer for CAMP.
- What if the employer does not want to apply for CAMP?
- The employee may send the company’s details to DOLE and the Regional/Field/Provincial Offices of DOLE would be communicating with it to encourage the submission of an application.
- However, in a virtual press briefing with DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello, III, he advised the concerned workers to come together and submit the requirements necessary under CAMP directly to DOLE. [Source: Merez, A. (31 March 2020) Workers can go straight to DOLE for P5,000 cash aid: Bello. ABS-CBN News. Retrieved from https://news.abs-cbn.com
- Will the P5,000.00 CAMP financial assistance be deducted from the employee’s salary?
- No, the P5,000.00 is a financial aid from the government, and should not be deducted from the employee’s salary.
We’ll keep you posted as to any updates regarding CAMP. Stay tuned and keep safe.