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PIA Press Release
2009/02/02

DOLE provides more jobs for disadvantages workers

Tuguegarao City (2 February) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 2 is eyeing for more job opportunities this year as it implements the concept of Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) to protect the most vulnerable sectors from threats and consequences of reduced or lost income as an effect of the global economic crisis.

Under the CLEEP, DOLE implements the "Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantage Workers (TUPAD)," a short-term intervention towards long-term employment, and the "Integrated Services Livelihood Advancement (ISLA) of Fisherfolks," a program making the livelihood of the fisherfolks viable and sustainable.

DOLE 2 Asst. Regional Director Pio Bautista said some 14 million pesos has been allocated for the beneficiaries of the ISLA and TUPAD programs.

Bautista explained that the ISLA program will assist the marginalized fisherfolks in the coastal municipalities establish their livelihood projects, make it grow into viable and sustainable business and improve their income to a level at par with that of the minimum wage earners.

"In Cagayan, we are now in the process of implementing the ISLA program in the municipalities of Buguey and Sanchez Mira. They will be given 500,000 pesos each for their proposed livelihood projects," Bautista said.

Meantime, under the TUPAD program, DOLE in partnership with OWWA will provide short term employment to disadvantaged workers.

"The TUPAD program caters to out-of-school youth, unemployed poor, displaced workers and those who were affected by calamities," Bautista added.

Aside from these, DOLE will also provide livelihood and emergency employment for the indigenous peoples of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya. They will assist them establish projects through the resources abundant in the area. (PIA Cagayan) [top]

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