DOLE sets up emergency employment programs in affected areas

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has identified 12,671 workers who will benefit from the emergency employment program for Typhoon Yolanda-devastated areas, of which P50-million has been allocated by the office.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said that the workers will be coming from the provinces ravaged by the storm typhoon, especially Leyte, Eastern Samar, and Western Samar.

Aside from the P50 million, the DOLE will also allocate an additional of P100 million to be rolled out next year.

“More displaced workers will be employed as we are prepared to roll-out close to P100 million in additional emergency employment funds in January under various DOLE programs with an estimated budget of P42.858 million, and under the Bottom-Up Budget (BUB) of more than P33 million. An additional P15.5 million under the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) rounds up the programmed budget for all of this assistance to Region 8,” Baldoz said.


She disclosed that the workers will focus on clearing operations specially the debris left by the storm surge.

“Our experience in past post-calamity rehabilitation tells us that jobs can also be created through the repair and restoration of damaged infrastructure or rehabilitation of basic service facilities, including, but not limited to, rural works, such as the clearing of canals and waterways and clean-up of public spaces,” she said.

“The workers will work for 15 days,” Baldoz said.

Workers from Leyte, Eastern and Western Samar will be receiving P260 per day or a total of P3, 900 for the 15-day period.

“The minimum 15 days-work and the prevailing regional minimum wage rates are enhancements to the policy,” she said.

Robertzon F. Ramirez

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