P5M for emergency employment in Region 2

Date Posted: October 31st, 2016 11:35 AM

The Department of Labor and Employment has released an initial P5 million for emergency employment assistance to 1,600 workers displaced by Typhoon Lawin in Cagayan Valley, Secretary Silvestre Bello III said yesterday.


He said DOLE officials in Region 2 are profiling the affected workers, adding the initial beneficiaries will be employed in short-term but productive jobs under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced workers, a support program for workers and their families who are victims of natural calamities and disasters.


“Although this is just temporary employment, this will provide our workers and their families immediate relief from the calamity by giving them income, and at the same time enlist them for the rehabilitation, clearing and cleaning of their affected communities,” said Bello.


He said the displaced workers who will be hired under the emergency employment program will be paid the prevailing minimum wage rate in the region which is P300 per day, or a total of P3,000 per worker during the 10-day period.


Bello said that DOLE's emergency employment in Lawin-devastated areas will focus on the clearing of debris and cleaning and repairing of public places, adding that the number of workers is an initial estimate, considering that assessment as to the number of business establishments and workers affected is still underway.


"Emergency employment can also be created through the repair and restoration of damaged infrastructure or rehabilitation of basic service facilities, including rural works, such as the clearing of canals and waterways and clean-up of public spaces," Bello said.



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