P5,000-P8,000 Wage Subsidy under the Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) Program

The government has rolled out another subsidy program — between P5,000 to P8,000 (based on the region) — per month per eligible employee. The Department of Finance (DOF) recently announced Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) program. The SBWS measure will be rolled out through the Social Security System (SSS), which will only be accepting applications from 16 April 2020 to 30 April 2020 [Note: Extended by the DOF to 8 May 2020, in the light of the extension of the ECQ to May 15. Important Update: Refund of SBWS benefits; See also Grievance Procedure for those eligible but not covered, and Non-Duplication of SBWS, CAMP and SAP.]

Applications will be completed by the employer on behalf of their employees.

First tranche of payout is from 1-15 May 2020. Second tranche of payout is from 16-31 May 2020. The schedule may change depending on the timing of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

The SBWS is separate from the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). However, employees who have received a subsidy under the CAMP shall be eligible for only the first month of the SBWS to avoid duplication. 


The business must meet two eligibility criteria: size of business and impact of the ECQ on the small business’ operations. The small business must meet both criteria.

  • i. Size of business: The small business — whether a corporation, partnership, or sole proprietorship — must not be in the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s (BIR) Large Taxpayer Service (LTS) list.
  • ii. Impact of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ): Small businesses under both Category A (non-essentials) that are forced to stop operations (i.e., temporary closure or suspension of work) and Category B (quasi-essentials) that are allowed to operate a skeleton force can apply for the wage subsidy for employees who are not able to work and did not get paid during the ECQ.

Employers in areas where other forms of quarantine have been put in place by the LGU may also qualify.

Category A: Non-essentials

  • Non-food raw materials/ Non-essential manufacturing
  • Tobacco
  • Construction
  • Airlines
  • Non-essential services
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Rental and leasing of personal goods
  • Entertainment

Category B: Quasi-essentials

  • Textiles, wearables, and leather for export
  • Electronics manufacturing
  • Retail trade
  • Public transportation / trucking and cargo handling (food and non-food)
  • Business process outsourcing
  • Banks
  • Personal service and domestic activities (salons, laundry, funeral, domestic help, others)

Priority. Businesses that have been compliant with the regulations of the BIR and SSS will be prioritized.

  • 1. BIR-registered and complying with tax obligations during the past three years, up to January 2020.
  • 2. SSS-registered and have paid SSS contributions for the past three years up to January 2020 (the last recorded contribution).


An employee who fulfills ALL of the following criteria is eligible:

  • Must be an employee of the eligible small business.
  • Must be employed and active as of 1 March 2020 but unable to work due to the ECQ.
  • Did not get paid by their employer for at least two weeks during the temporary closure or suspension of work in accordance with Labor Advisory No. 1, series of 2020.
  • Can be of any contract status (e.g., regular, probationary, regular seasonal, project-based, fixed-term).
  • Must be certified by the employer in the application as having met all the above criteria.

Priority. Priority will be given to employees that are BIR and SSS-registered and compliant with SSS and BIR regulations.

Disqualifications. The following employees are not eligible:

  • Working from home or part of the skeleton force.
  • On leave for the entire duration of the ECQ, whether with or without pay.
  • Already a recipient of SSS unemployment benefits, to avoid duplication.
  • Those who have settled or in-process SSS final claims (funeral, retirement, death, and total disability)


To qualify for the program, the following conditions must be fulfilled:

  • 1. Small businesses must maintain the employment status of all eligible employee beneficiaries before the ECQ and throughout the SBWS period. This will be checked during the monitoring and evaluation stage. Non-compliance with this condition shall result in the employer refunding to the government the wage subsidy amount.
  • 2. Employees cannot resign during the ECQ period.


All eligible employees of eligible small businesses shall be given a wage subsidy of P5,000 to P8,000 per month (depending on their region of work) for up to two months, depending on the extent of the ECQ.

  • NCR – P8,0000 monthly wage subsidy per worker
  • CAR – P5,500
  • Region 1 – P5,500
  • Region 2 – P5,500
  • Region 3 – P8,000
  • Region 4A – P8,000
  • Region 4B – P5,000
  • Region 5 – P5,000
  • Region 6 – P6,000
  • Region 7 – P6,000
  • Region 8 – P5,000
  • Region 9 – P5,000
  • Region 10 – P6,000
  • Region 11 – P6,000
  • Region 12 – P5,000
  • CARAGA – P5,000
  • ARMM – P5,000


  • 1. Withdrawal via employee’s SSS UMID cards enrolled as ATM.
  • 2. Withdrawal from employee’s bank account for PESOnet participating banks.
  • 3. Employee’s Union Bank Quick Card (partnership with SSS).
  • 4. Employee’s E-wallet: PayMaya
  • 5. Cash pick-up arrangements through remittance transfer companies.


Send an email to BIR at SBWS_BIRquery@bir.gov.ph with the following information:


Registered Name or Business Name

Revenue District Office (RDO) where registered

Your message

For SSS inquiries:

Call Center: 1455 Toll Free: 1-800-10-2255777

Email: SBWSQueries@sss.gov.ph

Facebook: fb.com/SSSPh

Website: www.sss.gov.ph

246 thoughts on “P5,000-P8,000 Wage Subsidy under the Small Business Wage Subsidy (SBWS) Program


    Good Day Po,


    pwde po ba ako mag ask ng reference number ng mlhuiller padala dyan kasi pinadala yung sbws ko po, di kasi ako naka tangap ng txt msge dahil sa biglang di na active yung sim ko po, sana po mabigay nyo po.
    dito nalang po itxt yung reference number ko po
    SALAMAT PO..God bless

    1. pnlpnl Post author

      Hi Mary Joy. Mas maganda kung sa SSS mo i-coordinate ‘yan. Sila ang nakakaalam. Good luck.

    2. AvatarMary joy Juevesano Bayer

      Good day

      Nagputa po ako sa sss di nila masagot ang concern ko po, pwede po bah pa help naman po kung pano ko makuha ang code ng sss para makuha ko ang pera. Sana po matulungan nyo po ako

      Salamat..God bless

    3. pnlpnl Post author

      Hi Mary Joy. Pasensya na. Kung di nila nasagot, mas lalong hiindi namin masasagot. Sila lang ang nakakaalam sa sagot. Good luck.

    1. AvatarMary joy Juevesano Bayer

      Good day

      Nagputa po ako sa sss di nila masagot ang concern ko po, pwede po bah pa help naman po kung pano ko makuha ang code ng sss para makuha ko ang pera. Sana po matulungan nyo po ako

      Salamat..God bless

  2. AvatarMindanao Cargo Forwarder

    Good Afternoon!

    Hi Ma’am/ Sir

    Q1. Paano ba yung mga empleyado na hindi nakatanggap ng text po from SSS. may posibilidad na hindi na sila makakuha ng reference nila to claim the financial assistance

    Q2. Paano kung mali yung number nanatype po may posibilidad ba na makahingi kami ng reference sa SSS

    Q3. Paano kung may mga empleyado po na qualified sila complete details with TIN No and SSS nakaligtaan lang naming maisali sa during transaction may posibilidad ba na matanggap pa nila yung first WAVE?

    Paki sagot naman po para malaman ko po lahat ..

    Maraming salamat po

    1. pnlpnl Post author

      Hi Mindanao Cargo. Pwede naman sana isunod ang iba, ngunit tapos na yata ang application period. Kung walang notification, malamang hindi na-approve. Good luck.

  3. AvatarAnn may sto. Domingo

    Tanong lng sakali GCQ ang municipality Mu pero hindi ka pa rin entitled or no work ka pa din makukuha pa din po b ang 2nd tranche na pwedeng pandagdag puhunan s maliit na business sir/mam thank you

  4. AvatarMa.carmelita sagrado

    My ask lng PO..my 2nd tranche pa Rin ho g ang NSA GCQ n ang isang lugar…tulad ho Ng batangas.my matatanggap p dn po b kme Ng 2nd tranche..kc PO nakalagay s inyong sss may16-30 ang 2nd tranche…pki sagot PO agad..maraming slamat PO.

  5. AvatarJimboy Castillo Estrella

    Good day, follow up status to my sbws my name is Jimboy Castillo Estrella

    thank you..
    Jimboy c. Estrella

  6. AvatarRichard Arroyo

    Pano po kung ako ay naka kuha na sa SAP at ang akong asawa naman po ay tinxt ng sss na pwede nya nang makuha ang SBWS nya maari pa din po ba nyang tanggapin ito kahit ako ay may SAP na hindi naman po namin alam ma mag qulify sya sa SBWS.

    1. pnlpnl Post author

      Hi Richard. May iilan lang na disqualification sa SBWS. Isa na doon ang pagiging CAMP beneficiary. Hindi naman disqualification na naging beneficiary sa ibang SAP benefits. Good luck.

  7. Avatarelena

    magtatanong lang po kung ang nakakuha sa sbws at sap ay magkakaroon ng kaso o magkaiba po ba ang SAP at SBWS?
    may kilala po kasi ako na nakakuha ng SAP at SBWS ng sabay.

    maraming salamat po sa sagot..

    1. pnlpnl Post author

      Hi Elena. Ang tanong lang sa SWBS application ay kung CAMP beneficiary ba. Hindi naman nila tinatanong kung may natanggap sa DSWD o sa LGU. Good luck.

  8. AvatarJessa D. Camba

    Hello po, paano po makakakuha ng ayuda na SBWS. Yung tita ko po kasi may small business po sila. At gusto ko po silang tulungan. How po. Sorry po sa tanong.


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