Cambodian government doles out subsidy to workers
The Cambodian government has begun its first phase of providing subsidies to some 275,747 workers from 513 factories involved in the manufacturing of garments, footwear and bags in Phnom Penh, Kandal province and Sihanoukville.
These are workers who were not able to work due the lockdown, and each will receive about US$40 as part of the social assistance programme.
Workers who are eligible for the handout would receive a text message or through a phone call from the ministry at the numbers provided by their respective employers, said Labour Minister Ith Samheng, according to Khmer Times.
The ministry will also inform the factories of the subsidy so that they can inform their employees.
Earlier, the Ministry of Social Affairs announced that it will spend over US$4 million in cash subsidies for over 60,000 families affected by the lockdown in Phnom Penh; Takhmao, Kandal province; and Sihanoukville.
Under the handout, a single-person household will receive US$38.19 for food, water and electricity. This goes up to US$59.66 for a family with two to three members, while a family of over four people will receive an allocation of US$76.14.