The government, through the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training, is providing cash assistance in the 63rd phase of its relief package to over 3,000 workers in garment and tourism sectors who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In an announcement on July 15, the ministry said the latest phase covers 3,180 workers from 32 factories and enterprises who had their contracts suspended, amid the third round of the relief package.

Electronic payment service provider Wing will transfer cash to the workers via phone numbers provided by their employers to the ministry. Workers will get the cash in riel.

The amount of money differs depending on the duration of suspension. Those laid off from seven to 10 days will receive 60,750 riel ($15), while those who were suspended for 11-20 days and 21-30 days will receive $30 and $40 respectively.

“Wing will transfer this cash assistance back to the government if workers fail to receive it 10 days after receiving a notification from the bank,” the announcement said.

The ministry reminded workers to bring along Khmer national identification card and their phone to any wing agent and get the money with no service charge.