The commitment and compliance of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to President Benigno S. Aquino III’s directive to provide employment facilitation assistance to the family-beneficiaries of the 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) who were killed in the Mamasapano incident have resulted to 25 family-beneficiaries placed in various jobs.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said this yesterday as she reported that only 50 family member-beneficiaries of the 44 slain officers have requested employment facilitation assistance from the DOLE.

“Of the 50 family members who requested for employment, 25, or 50 percent have been placed as of January 2016; 15, or 30 percent, are still in the various stages of their application, while 10, or 20 percent, have withdrawn or cancelled their requests (or expressed disinterest in wage employment),” Baldoz said.

 

Earlier, the labor and employment chief reported that the DOLE has also awarded P445,000 in livelihood assistance to 16 of 19 beneficiaries of the SAF 44, and facilitated the release of P979,755 in employee compensation benefits under the Employees Compensation Program.

The 25 family-beneficiaries who were already placed and are presently employed are as follows:

Cordillera Administrative Region – Wilfred and Presca Carap, brother and sister, respectively, of slain SAF trooper PO2 Peterson Carap of Villafuerta, San Mateo, Isabela, are now working at the Local Government Unit of Kabayan as intern under the Government Internship Program (GIP) and as job order clerk, respectively.  Wilfred will be hired as permanent driver after his GIP stint, while Presca will also be hired on a permanent position in the same LGU.

Anselmo Golocan, Jr., the brother of fallen SAF trooper PO3 Noel O. Golocan of South Sanitary Camp, Baguio City, is now a Laboratory Aide II at the Department of Public Works and Highways–CAR.

Aurelyn Kayob, the wife of fallen SAF trooper PO2 Jerry Kayob of Tawang, La Trinidad, Benguet, is now gainfully employed as teacher at the La Trinidad Elementary School after the DOLE-CAR endorsed her application to the DepEd Division Office of Benguet. She is a former teacher in Thailand.

Vincent Kiangan, the brother of slain SAF member PO2 Noble S. Kiangan of Irisan, Baguio City, is a job order nurse at Luis Hora Hospital in Bauko, Mountain Province. The hospital chief hinted for his possible permanent employment.

Region 2 – Abriam Acob, a brother of slain SAF member PO3 Rodrigo Acob, sought the assistance of DOLE Regional Office No. 2 for employment which referred him to the DPWH-CAR and where he is now working as a driver.  His sister, Jhaniegen Acob-Bagain, has also requested for employment assistance. The DOLE referred her to the DepEd which hired her as a permanent teacher at the Balagan Elementary School in Sto. Niño, Cagayan.

Region 3 – Geraldine Nacino, a sister of slain SAF trooper PO2 Nicky DC. Nacino, Jr.,was employed under the GIP at the DOLE Aurora Field Office.  Her brother, Ricky Nacino, was employed under the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) by a hotel in Baler, Aurora.

Region 5 – Julius Tria, younger brother of slain SAF member PSInsp. Max Jim R. Tria of Virac, Catanduanes, signed on as a contractual employee, through the efforts of the DOLE, with the Land Transportation Office-Virac last 27 February 2015.

Region 7 – Michele Candano, the wife of fallen SAF 44 member PO1 Windel L. Candano of Dumanjug, Cebu City, is now employed as a letter-carrier at the Philippine Postal Corporation assigned at Area 5 Central and Eastern Visayas, while Winson, PO1 Candano’s brother, is currently employed as utility worker at the Land Transportation Office Regional Office No. 7.  Another brother, Wenjan, has also been hired as letter-carrier by the PhilPost and assigned at Area 5 Central and Eastern Visayas.

Region 9 – Cleofe Acain, wife of slain SAF member PO3 Victoriano N. Acain Jr. of Lower Lux, Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte, is now employed as office clerk at the Local Government Unit of Gutalac.  PO3 Acain’s brother, Sabino, is now also employed as office clerk of the same LGU, while sister Roselyn is working as office staff under the Government Internship Program (GIP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.

The DOLE has also assisted Zilsa Cabanlet, wife of slain SAF member PO2 Godofredo Cabanlet, to get temporary employment as survey enumerator under the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) of Molave, Zamboanga del Sur. When her contract expired, she was employed as job order employee of the Public Employment Service Office of the municipality.

April Daquiwang-Gaspay, the sister-in-law of SAF trooper PSInsp. Joey S. Gamutan of Sitio San Jose, Brgy. Guisao, Zamboanga City, was employed as contractual nurse at the Zamboanga City Medical Center.

The DOLE regional office also facilitated the employment of Erica SJ Pabalinas, wife of fallen SAF member PInsp. Ryan Pabalinas, as contractual employee of the Mindanao Development Authority until 31 December 2015. She is now administrative officer in the same agency.

Linde and Mirafe Tayrus, sisters of slain SAF member PInsp. Rennie Tayrus, were hired by the DSWD as enumerators under the National Household Targeting System (NHTS). While Mirafe has continued to work with the DSWD, Linde had expressed preference to join the PNP and the DOLE had endorsed her application to the NAPOLCOM Region 9 where it is still pending.

Region 10 – Kim Agabon, a brother of slain SAF 44 member PO2 Chum G. Agabon of Palao, Lanao del Norte, is now working as a job order driver at the Local Government Unit of Iligan City.  He has requested for a permanent appointment, but was advised of the eligibility requirement. Two other brothers, Peter and Armando, have been intermittently employed as job order employees of the same LGU.

Region 12 – Rachel Cordero, a sister of fallen SAF 44 trooper PO2 Roger C. Cordero, of Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, is also now gainfully employed as Surveying Aide of Gerardo Dida Surveying Office in Davao City.

The DOLE is also providing employment facilitation assistance and services to 15 family-beneficiaries who have also requested for such.  They are as follows:

CAR – Geraldine Anniban, sister of slain SAF member PSInsp. Cyrus Anniban, was endorsed by the DOLE as a nurse to the Conner Hospital in Apayao and to the Baguio General Hospital for possible regular employment. She is currently on a job order status at the Department of Health-CAR.

 

Janet Carap, wife of slain SAF member PO2 Peterson I. Carap, sought the assistance of the DOLE-CAR for employment at the Teacher’s Camp in Baguio City. Teachers’ Camp management has assured the DOLE of her employment as soon as she completes the requirements.

The DOLE-CAR had offered Ryan Golocan, a former OFW and brother of fallen SAF member PO3 Noel Golocan, a job as a driller, but he requested to be deployed to a mining company. The DOLE-CAR is still looking for a position for him.

Jevera Kiangan, sister of slain SAF member PO2 Noble Kiangan, requested for employment assistance in a private company but has not since returned to the DOLE-CAR.

The DOLE, through the TESDA, has provided skills training to Arman, Gilbert, and Jonathan Capinding, brothers of slain SAF member PO1 Loreto Capinding.  Arman, a high school graduate, will be employed under the Government Internship Program.  Jonathan, on the other hand, has a pending application at the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM).

NCR – Russel Cempron, a brother of slain SAF member PO1 Romeo Cempron, applied for a driver position at the DOLE-NCR, specifically at the Quezon City Field Office, which is evaluating his application.

Region 8 – Ryan Ramacula, brother of slain SAF member PO2 Rodel Ramacula of Jamo-og, Rosario, Northern Samar, requested for assistance to be employed as a driver in any government agency.  The DOLE Regional Office No. 8 field office in Northern Samar will hire him as an intern under the GIP this month.

Region 9 – Dexter Danao, brother of slain SAF member PO2 Walner Danao of Tetuan, Zamboanga City, sought assistance to be employed overseas as a driller or welder.  However, he is not qualified for the position.  The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) referred him to an overseas job as a driver which suited his qualification.

Nerrissa Tayrus, sister of slain SAF member PInsp. Rennie Tayrus, is being assisted by the DOLE RO 9 to complete her job requirements for a Teacher I position in Zamboanga Del Sur.

Victoriano Villanueva, Jr., a brother of slain SAF member PO3 Virgel Villanueva, requested for regular employment in any private company or public office. The DOLE RO9 is still matching his skills with available jobs in the area.

Region 10 – Joko Agabon, brother of slain SAF member PO2 Chum Agabon, was still a criminology student in 2015 when he requested for employment assistance.  The DOLE Regional Office No. 10 endorsed him to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for possible employment upon his graduation.

Ronilo Cabanlet, a brother of slain SAF member PO2 Godofredo Cabanlet, sought DOLE assistance for employment. The DOLE regional office, in coordination with the PESO, endorsed him for a position at the LGU Baroy, Lanao del Norte and is scheduled for a meeting with the Mayor next week. It has also endorsed Jelyn Cabanlet, a sister, for possible employment at the Davao Regional Hospital in Tagum City where she got interviewed and is awaiting results of her application.

The following family-beneficiaries have withdrawn their requests for employment or expressed disinterest in employment:

 

CAR – Kathlyne and Jasmine Bilog, sisters of slain SAF member PO1 Russel Bilog of Apugan, Baguio City, temporarily withdrew their requests for overseas employment assistance as welders in Canada or Australia after they were advised by the POEA to continue their work as welder tutors because one of the basic requirements for welders in the said countries is at least five years of job experience.

 

NCR – Celestina Danao, sister of slain SAF member PO2 Franklin Danao of Paranaque City, withdrew her request for employment assistance after being hired in an electronics company in Taiwan.

Donabella Navarro, sister-in-law of slain SAF member PO3 John Lloyd Sumbilla of Paranaque City, requested for employment assistance as a caregiver in Canada.  She has yet to finish the NC II Caregiving Module of TESDA. POEA also referred her to manpower agencies based on her qualifications and work experiences. Navarro has expressed her disinterest in finishing the NC II Caregiving Module and POEA’s employment assistance.

Region 2 – Naibol Rhazeb, the brother-in-law of slain SAF trooper PO2 Joel B. Dulnuan of Ocapon, Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya, was hired as a driver at the General Services Office of the LGU of Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya for six months but did not report for work.

Joseph Dulnuan, Jr., brother of slain SAF member PO2 Joel Dulnuan, was hired as an intern under the GIP by the General Services Office of LGU Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya.  Upon completion of his internship, he was again referred and hired by the Philippine National Police in Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya as office clerk but did not report for work.  He inquired for overseas employment and the DOLE Nueva Vizcaya Field Office initially gave him the necessary documentary requirements, but he did not come back.

Region 7 – Ron Well Gonzalve, brother-in-law of slain SAF member PO1 Windel Candano, sought the DOLE’s assistance for employment. A Criminology graduate, he was instructed to work on the requirement for the position of non-uniformed personnel in the PNP Regional Office No. 7, but he did not continue because he had to take care of his ailing wife.

Region 9 – Margaret Dulnuan, wife of slain SAF member PO2 Joel Dulnuan, withdrew her request to be employed in Zamboanga City after she received four units of computers from the livelihood program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

 

DOLE Regional Office No. 9 endorsed Kristine Palomo, sister in law of fallen SAF member PO1 Lover Inocencio of Panabo City, Davao del Norte, to three companies in Panabo City. However, she expressed that she is no longer interested of availing the said assistance. TESDA, on the other hand, facilitated the request of PO1 Inocencio’s brother in law, Dante Abuzo, for automotive training, but did not attend the said training.

END/GSR, CTM, GMEA

 

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