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Gov't agencies in Cebu to come up with action plan for displaced workers

Cebu City (February 26) -- Concerned government agencies will be meeting this morning for a regional action plan that aims to address the plight of displaced workers affected by the global economic crisis.

Hundreds of workers in the region especially in the export-oriented industries of which most are based in Cebu have been laid off as export demand for products have declined as the world continues to face a global financial turmoil.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) Regional Director Elias Cayanong previously bared the region is a bit lucky because although he admitted that some sectors are losing such as the furniture firms, gifts, toys and housewares, electronics industry and other locators at the Mactan Export Processing Zone, the business process outsourcing firms particularly the call center industry and the tourism sector are gaining as these are the sectors where employment is highly likely.

Cayanong said displaced workers have been given priority for skills training at the TESDA so they could learn more skills and make themselves more employable based on market demand.

Regional government agencies such as the DOLE, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Dept. of Health (DOH), Dept. of Agriculture (DA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Dept. of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will convene later this morning for a presentation of each of their action plans on how to assist the workers that have been retrenched from their jobs due to the global financial meltdown.

The main objective of the meeting is for the concerned government agencies to come up with a consolidated regional action plan for Central Visayas.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has mandated all government agencies to come up with the Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) as part of the government's actions in alleviating the impact of the worldwide economic crisis. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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