DOLE to provide emergency employment to typhoon "Pepeng" victims
by Lito Dar
Baguio City (24 October) -- In line with the government's priority thrust to reduce unemployment in the country and with the recent negative effects brought by the series of typhoons that hit the country, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will expand its provision of emergency wage employment, this time around to benefit and rehabilitate the marginalized workers in areas hardest hit by Typhoon "Pepeng."
This is in accordance with DOLE Secretary Marianito Roque's directive to the DOLE Crisis Response Team to work fast in providing short-term and emergency wage employment to severely affected workers, particularly those who lost their income and livelihood not only due to "Ondoy" but also to those affected by "Pepeng".
DOLE Regional Director Atty Dione confirmed that they will be hiring 575 individuals who will work in clearing and de-clogging of small roads or passageways in different barangays in the region.
According to Dione, each worker will be hired for a maximum of seven days. Presently, DOLE is working it out with the local government of Tublay, Benguet for the hiring of about 16 individuals under the said program.
Roque indicated that the program will basically facilitate, in coordination with the LGUs, emergency employment to the victims particularly in clearing and de-clogging operations and reconstruction efforts like the repairs of damaged infrastructure such as school buildings, daycare center, drainage, irrigation system, and others. He added that the LGUs will be the ones to identify the reconstruction projects where the target beneficiaries will be engaged into and the LGUs will also be in charge of determining their daily rate.
In response to the effects of Typhoon Pepeng, Roque also encourages employers, in the affected regions in north Luzon, particularly the private industries and companies, to exercise compassion and flexibility, and extend the affected workers, under their employ, with financial, food and other humanitarian assistance possible.
In relation to this, Dione also stressed that they are continuously monitoring the effect of typhoon to the region's employment sector. So far, no lay-offs was monitored, though she confirmed that there are two hotels in Baguio City that already went into rotations due to cancelled bookings due to typhoon "Pepeng."
Dione also stressed that they are also involved in small relief operations, not only for the affected families in the region but also for their co-employees, particularly from their central office, who were affected by the recent typhoons.
Meanwhile, due to the effects of typhoon "Pepeng", the scheduled orientation of the second batch of NARS (Nurses Assigned in Rural Service) in CAR last October 19, was rescheduled to November 4 -6, at the Cobalt Center of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. (PIA) [top]