Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the P50 million-DOLE emergency employment program, or cash-for-work program, for workers displaced by super Typhoon Yolanda will initially focus on sites where bunkhouses for the homeless will be built.

Baldoz said the DOLE, through Undersecretary Rebecca Chato, in-charge of Region 8 Operations, is coordinating with the Departments of Interior and Local Government, Social Welfare and Development, and Public Works and Highways in the implementation of the emergency employment in areas where the bunkhouses will be built, explaining that determining the sites is best left to the expertise and jurisdictions of these departments.

“We will begin as soon as the local government units in the devastated areas have submitted their work programs for the emergency employment. They will tell us how many workers will work and for how long, which should not be less than 15 days as per our agreement with Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development,” she said.

“Our aim in implementing emergency employment and livelihood programs is to enable disaster-stricken families to rebuild their lives, with better access to social protection and sustainable income sources,” she said.

Based on per capita cost, 12,671 workers across the provinces of Leyte, Eastern Samar, and Western Samar will benefit from the program, according to Baldoz.

“They will be paid P260 per day, the minimum wage rate in the region and they will be provided social security benefits, including insurance in case of accidents,” she stated.

“Ormoc City is where we are most likely to jumpstart the program because the LGU there is ahead of the other LGUs in packaging a work program,” she said.
Baldoz also said she expects the DOLE Regional Office No. 8 to be operational starting this week and its priority will be to assess the level of capability of local government units to co-undertake the emergency employment, or cash-for-work, program.

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