To contain the spread of the coronavirus, lockdowns have been imposed in several provinces in the Philippines to limit the movement of people.
In areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), private establishments providing basic necessities and essential services remain open, while select people and one person per household are authorized to leave their homes. (READ: LIST: Services considered essential during Luzon lockdown)
With such restrictions, the lockdown has affected daily wage workers, many business operations, and their employees. (READ: Over half of MSMEs stopped operations due to coronavirus lockdown)
To help people whose livelihoods have been severely affected by the lockdown, Restart Micro Enterprises (RestartME), an offshoot of the Micro-Enterprise Disaster Assistance Fund for Resilience Program, has compiled a list of government programs providing support for micro-entrepreneurs.
The list includes government programs helping workers, businesses, and people in the agricultural sector, among others. It also features social welfare programs and other government support for marginalized sectors.
These programs, along with details on coverage and process for application, can be found in RestartME's Briefer on Government Programs for Micro Entrepreneurs and Briefer on Government Loan Assistance and Financing Options for Microfinance Institutions (MFIs).
Here are several government programs that RestartME has compiled to aid businesses and workers during the pandemic. This information may change over time as government agencies update their rules.
Emergency subsidy program for non-beneficiaries of 4Ps
Financial subsidy to rice farmers (FSRF) of Department of Agriculture
Expanded survival and recovery assistance program (SURE Aid)