DOLE-9, city gov’t tie up for special jobs for IDPs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:58

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the city government of Zamboanga together with other line agencies have recently forged an agreement that will provide overseas jobs for qualified internally displaced persons (IDPs).

DOLE-9 Regional Director Sisinio Cano told the weekly press conference in City Hall Monday that the agreement was a result of a meeting between Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and Mayor Beng Climaco following the Zamboanga siege last September.

“The secretary and the mayor have committed to extend overseas employment facilitation assistance to male IDPs ages 18-35 years old, who are residents of the conflict barangays of Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Rio Hondo, Mampang, Arena Blanco, Kasanyangan and Mariki.

Cano said the special project is part of DOLE’s strategy of facilitating job matching and placement of workers to attain enhanced employability, by making it easy and fast for jobseekers to find jobs that fit their qualifications, interests and career inclinations.

The project will start on April 1 and will end December 14, this year. By the end of the project, 800 or more IDPs from the seven barangays shall have been identified, trained, assessed, certified, pre-qualified and deployed for overseas employment.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), the National Reintegration Center for OFWs and DOLE Regional Office No. 9 are required to allocate funds for the implementation of the project.

Secretary Baldoz and Mayor Climaco together with heads of line agencies signed the memorandum of agreement last March 19 during which DOLE also launched its various programs and activities packaged for this and the years to come.— Vic Larato