First phase of DOLE emergency employment program for Bohol earthquake victims with P3.2-M in funding benefits 600 workers Tagbilaran City, Bohol – Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday the first phase of the Department of Labor and Employment’s emergency employment program for victims of the 7.2 magnitude Bohol earthquake, also called the BEEP 1, is off to a good start, with the award of a check worth P3.2 million to Bohol Governor Edgard M. Chatto Friday last week. “The first tranche of the Bohol Emergency Employment Program funds for the victims of the recent earthquake that badly hit Bohol was handed out to Gov. Chatto by Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III during the Bohol Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC)–Shelter and Livelihood Cluster’s Meeting in Tagbilaran City,” said Baldoz. “Six municipalities and 300 displaced workers will benefit from the first phase of the program. The workers will work for a minimum period of 15 days in government projects identified by the provincial government, and they will be paid the current minimum wage of P330 per day. The workers will also be covered by GSIS group insurance,” Baldoz added. Lagunzad, who attended the PDRRMC-Shelter and Livelihood Cluster Meeting with DOLE Office No. 7 Regional Director Chona M. Mantilla and Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) Director Cha Satumba, said the P3.2 million includes the DOLE’s cash counterpart for the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES). He further said that under the second phase of the program, or BEEP 2, about 3,0000 displaced workers in 10 badly-hit municipalities will be benefited. The BEEP 2 is a combination of emergency employment and livelihood assistance, with the latter being called Restoration of Enterprises (ReEnter). It is funded with P17.5 million. The third phase, or BEEP 3, will benefit about 800 displaced workers covering 16 areas that were covered by BEEP 1 and BEEP 2. This is a convergence project of the DOLE attached agencies and other partner line agencies under which through emergency employment and training cum production, the DOLE hopes to strengthen the recovery of the quake victims. The training cum production component of BEEP 3 will be provided by the Technical Education & Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Baldoz hopes that with the start of the emergency employment program in Bohol, disaster-stricken families will immediately have something to start their lives with a source of income and social protection for the most vulnerable. END Reported by Gerry Guidaben

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