To streamline and harmonize the various social amelioration programs of the government, in order to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 health crisis during the Community Quarantine, the responsible government agencies released Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1. This is pursuant to the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Republic Act No. 11469) and its Implementing Directives. The full list of social amelioration programs [see also Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) and Second Tranche of SAP benefits], under the circular are as follows:
1. Food and Non-Food Items (FNI) Distribution – Food and essential personal hygiene and family items regularly provided by the DSWD during disaster operations; however, taking into consideration the declaration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine to lessen exposure to other individuals, DSWD shall provide food packs during the quarantine period as an augmentation to the LGUs, as agreed by the members of the Inter-Agency Task Force Technical Working Group (IATF-TWG) on social amelioration. [See Food and Non-Food Items (FNI) Distribution during the Enhanced Community Quarantine]
2. Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) – Outright cash assistance in the amount of P3,000 or P5,000, as the case may be. [See P3,000/5,000 Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), Burial Assistance during the COVID-19 Crisis]
3. Livelihood Assistance Grants (LAG) – P15,000 assistance per eligible family. [See P15,000 Livelihood Assistance Grants (LAG) during the Community Quarantine due to COVID-19]
4. COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).This is the DOLE’s safety net program for affected workers in the formal sector to mitigate the adverse economic impacts of reduction of income brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program components include a one-time financial assistance of PhP 5,000 and employment facilitation. [See 5,000 Pesos Assistance for Workers under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP); For OFWs, see P10,000 for Overseas Filipino Workers under DOLE-AKAP for OFWs]
5. Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced Disadvantaged Workers Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko Disinfection/Sanitation Project (TUPAD #BKBK) – A community-based safety net program of DOLE that provides temporary wage employment to the informal economy workers, such as but not limited to underemployed, self-employed, and displaced marginalized workers who have lost their livelihood or whose earnings were affected due to the community quarantine against COVID-19. [See Assistance for Displaced / Disadvantaged Workers under the DOLE TUPAD Program]
6. COVID-19 P3-ERF – A One Billion Peso (PhP1,000,000,000.00) special financing program by the Small Business Corporation (SBCorp) of the Department of Trade in Industry (DTI) for MSMEs affected by COVID-19. [See COVID 19 Pondo Para sa Pagbabago at Pag-Asenso Enterprise Rehabilitation Fund (P3-ERF)]
7. Moratorium on Loan Payments of Small Business Corporation Borrowers [See Moratorium on Loan Payments of Small Business Corporation Borrowers under Community Quarantine]
8. Price Freeze – DTI, DA, DOH, DOE, DILG and DENR shall ensure that prices of basic necessities shall be automatically frozen at their prevailing prices in areas declared under state of calamity as provided in Joint Memorandum Circular No 2020-01 signed by DTI, DA and DOH on 18 March 2020.
9. Cash Assistance for Rice Farmers (Rice Farmer Financial Assistance) [See Cash Assistance for Rice Farmers during the Enhanced Community Quarantine]
10. Survival and Recovery (SURE) Assistance for Marginalized, Small Farmers and Fishers [See Survival and Recovery (SURE) Assistance for Marginalized, Small Farmers and Fishers during Community Quarantine]
11. Recovery Package for Micro and Small Enterprises Engaged in Agriculture and Fisheries Food Production, and other Supply Chain Activities in Accordance with the Agripreneurship Development Fund/Program of the ACPC [See Recovery Package for Micro and Small Enterprises Engaged in Agriculture and Fisheries Food Production, and other Supply Chain Activities]
12. Expanded and Enhanced Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) – [See Expanded and Enhanced Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) during the COVID-19 Community Quarantine]
13. Livelihood Seeding Program/Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay – A Two Hundred Million fund (PhP 200,000,000) that provides assistance to micro-entrepreneurs affected by calamities. This assistance will be in the form of: enterprise development training; livelihood kit amounting to at least PhP 5,000 but not more than PhP8,000; and, business counselling/mentoring.
The IATF-Technical Working Group on Social Amelioration may, from time to time, recommend to the Office of the President facilitative interventions such as: (a) Reprieve in Utility Bills; (b) Reprieve in loans from GSIS, SSS and PAG-IBIG; (c) Reduction of Monetary Transfer Fees; (d) Waiving of Penalties by Supermarkets to Suppliers; (e) Waiver of Lease Rentals; and (f) Benefits for frontliners.
[See also: Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) during the Community Quarantine); Target Beneficiaries of the Government Social Amelioration Program for COVID-19; Documentary Requirements to Avail of Government Social Amelioration Programs for COVID-19]
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