DOLE’s DAP allocation wisely spent; benefited 30,552 unemployed youth and improved the lives of vulnerable workers–Baldoz
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday declared that the DOLE has been granted by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) additional funding of P143.330 million between 2012 and 2013 through the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) concept, and said the DOLE spent the money wisely and judiciously for five (5) programs that benefited 30,552 unemployed youth and vulnerable workers, specifically those displaced by calamities and emergencies; accelerated implementation of the new labor laws compliance program, a DOLE reform; and enhanced labor market information delivery.
“Between 21 December 2012 and 21 June 2013, an amount of P143.330 million on top of the DOLE regular budget was allocated to the DOLE through the DAP concept, specifically for the (1) Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), P27.217 million; (2) Government Internship Program (GIP), P11.393 million; (3) Emergency Employment under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating Displaced Workers (TUPAD), P47 million; (4) Production of Labor Market Information (LMI) infrastructure (Job Search Kiosks), P44 million; and (5) Acquisition of IT communication devices for the new Labor Law Compliance Program, P13.720 million,” Baldoz said in a press release.
“We have spent the augmentation money as intended, under the specific line-item appropriation of the General Appropriations Act of 2011, or R.A. 10147, and the General Appropriations Act of 2012, or R.A. 10155,” said Baldoz.
She added that all the P143.330 million the DOLE received through the DAP concept were implemented through direct administration by the DOLE. “We did not use any conduit, private organizations, or Napoles-style foundations. In areas where individual beneficiaries express desire to be in a group, we organized them into workers’ organizations, or community-based enterprises,” she explained.
All in all, the DOLE had obligated P132.300 million of the amount, or a utilization rate of 92.30 percent; P11.030 million has been returned to the General Fund/National Treasury. By the time the Supreme Court issued its decision on the DAP on 2 July 2014 , the DOLE has completed implementation of its DAP-funded projects.
“We have already submitted accomplishment reports on the funds given to us under the DAP concept. The accomplishment reports contain the names and addresses of the beneficiaries, and in compliance with the requirements of Sec. 93 of the General Appropriations Act of 2013 (R.A. 10352), these are posted under Item 5 in the Transparency Seal in the DOLE website. For the regions, the names of the beneficiaries are posted in their respective websites,” she added.
On the SPES, Baldoz said the additional budget of P27.217 million benefited a total of 4,769 poor students and out-of-school youth in Region 1 (benefiting 540 beneficiaries); Region 2 (benefiting 410 beneficiaries); Region 4-A (benefiting 2,027 beneficiaries); and Region 10 (benefiting 1,792 beneficiaries).
Another program, the GIP, on the other hand, received P11.393 million through the DAP concept. The GIP was administered directly by the DOLE Central Office and was shared with regional offices and attached agencies, such as the Institute for Labor Studies, National Conciliation and Mediation Board, National Labor Relations Commission, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and Professional Regulation Commission.
With the additional P11.393 million, the DOLE hired for an average of 20 to 30 days 2,015 new graduates who were immersed in government work with average pay of P3,897, from a low of P1,935 in the Caraga Region to a high of P11,078 in Metro Manila.
“The GIP places youth beneficiaries, specifically college graduates/undergraduates, tech-voc graduates, and high school graduates, in government offices to work for them to gain experience on work in the bureaucracy. They are paid 75 percent of the minimum wage applicable in the area where they work,” said Baldoz.
The TUPAD is a DOLE support program for displaced workers and their families who are victims of natural calamities and disasters aimed at making available short-term wage employment as immediate source of income for beneficiaries and their families.
Through the DAP concept, the DOLE received P47 million which was used to pay for wages of 6,542 workers hired under the emergency employment program in the National Capital Region and 17,210 workers in Negros Oriental displaced or affected by the flash floods spawned by heavy rains in October 2012.
The DOLE also received P13.720 million for the purchase of gadgets or communication devices for 372 Labor Laws Compliance Officers hired under the new Labor Law Compliance System. A total of 204 gadgets have been purchased and distributed for the use of the LLCOs in every region.
Baldoz also said the DOLE also purchased software licenses using P44 million in additional funds for the Job Search Kiosks, prototypes of which have been delivered this month. The complete delivery of this LMI infrastructure will be in October 2014, and will be distributed to 111 local government units and 89 DOLE Regional Offices.
“The purchase and deployment of the JSKs was pursuant to the instruction of President Aquino III during the 2012 Labor Day Job and Livelihood Fair to enhance and expand the JSKs. He realized the value of the JSKs in the government’s employment strategy and directed us to deploy and additional 200 units within the year,” said Baldoz.