Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday stated that 25,039 Filipino workers have benefited from the DOLE’s emergency employment program as of 31 December 2013–and ‘stand witness’ to the program’s efficacy.

Responding to published news reports that the government had failed to give Typhoon-Yolanda survivors jobs, Baldoz said the government’s emergency employment, or cash-for-work, program implemented by the DOLE in Regions 4-B, Region 6, Region 7, and Region 8 with funding of P76.809 million had directly benefited 25,039 individuals as of the end of the year.

She said the International Labor Organization, which partnered with the DOLE on the emergency employment program, had contributed P12.165 million, benefiting 5,875 individuals.

“The news is about a report that implies failure on the part of the government to fund livelihood and jobs, which is totally unfair and untrue. What the DOLE, together with other national agencies with cash-for-work programs in their mandates, started immediately after the calamity was an emergency employment program that sought
to enable disaster-stricken families to quickly stand up, with better access to social protection and sustainable income sources. The next phase, the rehabilitation of people’s livelihoods, is just about to start,” she said.

“As of 14 January 2013, we have about P3.831 million as part of the P76.809 million for emergency employment in Region 4-B for 1,753 displaced workers. In addition, we have released, also last year, P14 million in Sugar Amelioration Program (SAP) Fund for the emergency employment of sugar workers affected by Typhoon Yolanda in Regions 6, 7, and 8,” Baldoz added.

Province by province, Baldoz said the emergency employment beneficiaries are in Oriental Mindoro (258); Occidental Mindoro (60); Romblon (695); Palawan (740); Aklan (216); Negros Occidental (133); Iloilo (448); Antique (108); Capiz (352); Northern Cebu (1,161); Leyte and Samar (20,868).

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