Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya called the attention of government agencies involved in providing cash assistance to those affected by quarantine measures, to the plight of employers and employees in the province.
In a privileged speech he delivered Wednesday in Congress, Gasataya said there are workers who did not avail of any cash assistance under the Social Amelioration Program after disclosing their application for the COVID-19 Adjustment Measure Program (CAMP) of the Department of Labor and Employment.
Gasataya said some of the affected establishments, who did not qualify for DOLE-CAMP, were informed only two weeks ago about the denial of their applications.
This made employers of small-scale businesses unable to apply for the Department of Finance's Small Business Wage Subsidy Program, the deadline for application of which ended May 8, Gasataya said, adding that some businesses were also disqualified from DOF program.
The Bacolod solon said that of the 3,716 establishments in Region 6 that applied for DOLE-CAMP subsidy, only about 1,408 were covered by the program due to insufficiency of funds, according to data from the DOLE Region 6.
He said that in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, about 60,000 employees who applied were not able to avail of the assistance.
Gasataya said the national government agencies should streamline emergency assistance or subsidy programs to make it easier and less confusing, and instead, come up with a more responsive system to address queries and disseminate information regarding applications.
An automated referral system should be established that will allow the agency, which initially denied an application for assistance, to automatically forward such application to another agency that has the same capacity and mandate, to extend the assistance sought by the affected applicant, Gasataya said.*
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