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'Diskwento' to ease economic burden of workers

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (5 August) -- Capiceņo workers are excited over the government's offer for a discount on basic commodities starting August 15.

According to Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito Roque, the DOLE, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has launched last August 1 the "Diskwento: Presyong Pang-Empleyado" project.

Roque explained that the Diskwento project is part of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's granting of non-wage benefits to employees and their families as income extenders.

He added that the "Diskwento: Presyong Pang-Empleyado," a non-wage benefit project, aims to ease the burden of high and rising prices of basic consumer products on the employees' purchasing power and to improve employees' access to basic and prime commodities through the mobilization of retail outlets selling basic food and non-food consumer items at low, low prices.

The project, he said, intends to involve the private sector in delivering affordable basic and prime commodities to employees.

The provision of a package of non-wage benefits was also in line with Administrative Order No. 232-A issued recently by President Arroyo to further strengthen the clustering of social welfare reforms into a national social welfare program.

Accordingly, the project would be conducted every first and fifteenth of the month for 2008 in different areas of the country.

Initially, the upcoming Diskwento project would be held the Park 'n Ride in Lawton, Manila on August 15, in Muntinlupa on September 1 and in Valenzuela City on September 15.

On the other hand, thousands of Capiceņo workers are hopeful that the national government's Diskwento project will reach here.

Capiz DOLE Provincial head Ricardo Monegro revealed that the province has more than 3,000 workers employed in private establishments here.

Monegro said that with the granting of discount on worker's basic commodities, more Capiceņo workers would be able to cope with the continued increases of fuel and food prices as well as to ease the effect brought by the devastation of typhoon "Frank" here.

Meanwhile, the DOLE has also mobilized its regional offices for the adoption of the non-wage benefits program by private companies. (PIA) [top]

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