Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldozyesterday said the DOLE and the International Labor Organization, in cooperation with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the City Government of Zamboanga, will commence in November the provision of livelihood to 662 graduates of TESDA’s various skills training in Zamboanga City.

Baldoz made the announcement after she ordered DOLE Regional Director Sisinio Cano to increase to 15 the number of working days beneficiaries of the DOLE emergency employment program will work to increase their source of income.

“We estimate an amount of P3.306 million for the provision of livelhood starter kits to the graduates of TESDA’s skills training. The 662 are all affected by the Zamboanga City crisis last month,” Baldoz said.

The beneficiaries of the livelihood starter kits trained in various skills under TESDA and will be provided livelhood starter kits depending on the livelihood they have chosen.

For those who trained on the production of novelty items, of whom there are 115 graduates, the DOLE will provide them P5,000 pesos in livelihood starter kits.

There were 142 graduates of massage therapy/reflexology and they will be granted P3,000 each in starter kits. Haircutting graduates–there are 95–will be granted P3,000 each. The number of training graduates in the construction trades–masonry, plumbling, electricity, and welding–reached 100 and will be given P10,000 each.
Eighty graduates in matweaving and 40 graduates on bibingka-making will each receive P3,000 in starter kits. To be given P7,000 each are 80 graduates who trained on food processing, while P10,000 each will be granted to 10 graduates who trained on vintasail-making.

Meanwhile, Baldoz said the DOLE and the ILO, through the OSHC and the regional OSHNet, in cooperation with the Zamboanga Industry Tripartite Council, will regulalry monitor the implementation of the emergency employment and livelihood programs on occupational safety and health to ensure adherence to OSH standards and prevent accidents.

“We will conduct the OSH monitoring twice a month,” said Baldoz.

“Our efforts to assist those who were affected by this tragedy in Zamboanga City are moving even with limited resources. We are doing our part to help alleviate their suffering,” Baldoz said.

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