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In light of the constantly changing social and economic landscape in the world due to COVID-19, everyone at Mallari Fiel Brillante Ronquillo has taken steps to make good our steadfast commitment to serve our clients and our communities.

To this end, we designed a new business model incorporating the traditional “brick and mortar” and “virtual” law offices. This new model is to achieve the continuity of rendering our legal and business consultancy services to clients and friends, and the immediate implementation of our crisis management and business transformation activities.

Thus, we’re glad to announce that for every fortnight, half of our team will be physically present at our offices from Monday thru Friday, 8:00am to 3:00pm. Clients and our friends can reach us through our office phones and online platforms (website, emails, Facebook, LinkedIn, Zoom, etc.). And to ensure the health and safety of our staff, they have the option to be housed in the Firm’s private residence or shuttled back and forth using the company’s private vehicle. Safety protocols are also observed at our offices.

Finally, our team has prepared a series of materials around the impact of COVID-19 and related considerations. Please take time to view our sample articles and research published in our website. A complete listing and discussion of these articles are available in our newsletter to be distributed to our esteemed clients.

Should you have questions, please reach out to our Office Manager, Argie Macawile, at +632 86953395, +63977 8502357; or email our Managing Partner, Atty. Rob Mallari, at mfl@mflegal.com.ph and rpmallari@mflegal.com.ph.

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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:

I. ELIGIBILITY

  1. Are probationary and newly-hired employees entitled to CAMP?
    1. Yes, all employees in the private sector REGARDLESS of employment status are entitled to CAMP (i.e. permanent, probationary, contractual).
  2. Are construction workers who suffered income reduction by reason of temporary closure covered by CAMP?
    1. Yes, if the worker is actively employed, or has an on-going contract with the employer prior to the implementation of the ECQ.
  3. Are JobStart Beneficiaries who lost income due to temporary closure entitled to CAMP?
    1. 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.
  4. Are drivers, ambulant vendors, marginalized farmers, those without employers, and those part of the informal sector entitled to CAMP?
    1. 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.
  5. Are the members of the top management covered by the CAMP?
    1. 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.

II. COVERAGE

  1. Are large establishments covered by CAMP?
    1. Yes, employees working in large establishments are still covered. However, DOLE prioritizes Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
  2. If an employee received his/her 13th month pay in advance, is he/she still entitled to CAMP?
    1. 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.
  3. If an employee is receiving his/her full salary in a work-from-home (WFH) arrangement, is he/she still entitled to CAMP?
    1. No, those entitled to CAMP are employees who suffered income reduction/loss.
    1. However, the establishment which adopted a WFH scheme may still apply for CAMP, provided that the employee has suffered income loss or reduction.
  4. If the employee’s leave credits are not fully utilized, can an employee still avail of CAMP?
    1. 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.
  5. Are employees on maternity leave covered by CAMP?
    1. No, because they did not suffer income reduction, and are still being paid their full salaries.

III. REQUIREMENTS

  1. What other requirements may be submitted in lieu of the company payroll?
    1. The company may submit pay slips as an alternative to the company payroll.
  2. Are there additional requirements besides the CAMP establishment report and Company payroll?
    1. DOLE requires the submission of the following information through email:
      1. Payroll Account Numbers of Affected Workers; and
      1. Company Payroll’s Bank name (with specification on the branch and branch address).
  3. As to the portion in the establishment report concerning the salary of the employee, what if the employee is compensated weekly?
    1. The employer may indicate that the employee’s salary arrangement is weekly.
  4. Where would the company apply if it has branch offices?
    1. The branch office may apply with the DOLE Regional/Field/Provincial Office where it is situated.
  5. Is there a deadline in the submission of the CAMP application?
    1. None. However, the DOLE advises the employers to submit as early as possible for immediate processing.
  6. What if the requirements submitted are incomplete?
    1. DOLE will not process the application should it lack details such as name, signature, etc.

IV. DISBURSEMENT

  1. Where will the P5,000.00 financial support under CAMP be deposited?
    1. It will be deposited directly to the employee’s account.
  2. What if the employee has no payroll account? How will he/she get the financial assistance?
    1. If the employee has no payroll account, the financial assistance may be sent to him/her through money remittance.
  3. Is it true that the allocated budget for CAMP is already exhausted?
    1. No, the government has sufficient funds for this project.

V. LIMITATION

  1. Is there a limit as to the number of employees in a company who may apply for CAMP?
    1. None, all eligible workers in the company may be applied by the employer for CAMP.

VI. OTHERS

  1. What if the employer does not want to apply for CAMP?
    1. 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.
    1. 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
  2. Will the P5,000.00 CAMP financial assistance be deducted from the employee’s salary?
    1. 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.

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