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DOLE provides assistance to farmers affected by El Nino

By Danny O Sagun

Dagupan City (5 March) -- Farmers from Region 1 being affected by the Eli Nino phenomenon may now avail of livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment.

Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena said the Task Force El Nino created by his office aimed to mitigate the effects of the weather phenomenon to farm workers and their families. "The damages brought about by the dry spell to agriculture will ultimately cause big losses in the income of farmers," he noted.

The department, he said, sought to provide relief to the farmers thru package of services that will serve as their alternative or additional source of income.

Livelihood, youth employment, skills training, employment facilitation assistance and emergency employment are part of the action program being implemented by the task force, he said. Some P7.5 million was set aside for the purpose, which funding comes from the agency's various employment programs like the TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Disadvantaged Workers), DIP (DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, KSK (Kabuhayan Starter Kit) project, Nego-Kart (Negosyo sa Kariton), K-Ito (Kabataan Ito, SPES (Special Program for the Employment of Students) and holding of job fairs.

Recipients of such services were identified thru a data from the Department of Agriculture. Rosales town in Pangasinan was included in the initial list of identified local government units. The others were Tagudin in Ilocos Sur and Sudipen in La Union.

The intervention measures were being complemented by the on-going development of the Skills Registry System which captures the skills and qualifications of interested workers, he said. The system also lists down establishments and job vacancies for quick access by jobseekers and employers, local and foreign, he added.

Ilocos Region was considered "highly vulnerable" to the El Nino phenomenon which was projected to last up to July this year. (PIA Pangasinan/DOLE) [top]

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