Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said nine workers displaced by Typhoon Yolanda who have evacuated from their devastated home towns have new jobs after they visited the DOLE’s employment facilitation help desk that Baldoz has ordered all DOLE regional directors to immediately set-up.

Citing a report of DOLE-NCR Regional Director Alex V. Avila, Baldoz said the nine workers came from various parts of the Visayas, with one coming from Davao City.

“The nine workers came to the employment facilitation help desk after they have heard the Secretary announce on radio its establishment at the DOLE on Gen. Luna Street in Intramuros where we set up one of our desks ” said Avila in his report.

The nine displaced workers were Lowel D. Saguban of Jaro, Leyte, who was hired as a janitor; Sonnyboy W. Lago of Tagbilaran, Bohol, who was hired as driver;  (3) Joseph M. Diones of Aklan, who was hired as janitor; and (4) Allan M. Ladayon of Davao City, fork lift operator. Their employer is Triple-E Manpower and General Services, Inc.

Also hired were Ritchielyn Q. Dongsal of Palo, Leyte, as cashier/receptionist; Banesa A. Almerola, also of Palo, Leyte, hired as office staff; and Jenny Marie Viajar of Jaro, Leyte. Their employer is Globalink Employment Services, Inc.

Another company, Readyman, Inc. hired Renato A. Lovina of Sulat, Eastern Samar, as an electrician, while Temps and Staffers hired Edsel D. Daloso of Palo, Leyte, as office staff.

Baldoz the other day ordered the establishment of the employment facilitation help desk to provide employment facilitation services to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda, directing all DOLE regional directors and field office heads, including those in typhoon-devastated areas, especially Eastern Visayas, to work with employers in their areas of jurisdiction and help victims and evacuees from typhoon-ravaged areas find jobs or livelihoods.

The DOLE-NCR was first to establish the desk. It was assisted by staff of the DOLE’s Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics who manned the registration and profiling of worker-visitors.

Director Avila said the he had coordinated with the 17 Public Employment Service Offices of Metro Manila LGUs for the set-up their respective desks in anticipation of the influx of displaced workers to the metropolis, particularly in the cities of Pasay, Makati and Paranaque, where migrant typhoon victims are expected to have temporary shelters due to their proximity to Villamor Air Base.

“Almost all of the Metro Manila PESOs have established their help desks as the PESO Association of Metro Manila (PAMM) reported this morning.  We requested PAMM members to provide all the necessary assistance to the said victims, including simple refreshments,” said Nelson C. Hornilla, DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Director who Avila tasked to supervise desk operations.

“We have, likewise, engaged the Philippine Association of Local Service Contractors (PALSCON) as partner in the provision of employment to worker-evacuees. Participating member agencies have relaxed their hiring requirements in order to accommodate them,” ARD Hornilla further said.

Baldoz said she expects all DOLE regional and field offices spared by Typhoon Yolanda  to have their respective employment facilitation help desks set-up within the week.


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