DOLE, city open work program for IDPs PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 March 2014 11:02

The city government through Mayor Beng Climaco has entered into an agreement with the Department of Labor and Employment and other partner agencies for the implementation of an employment facilitation special project for qualified internally-displaced persons.

Aimed at strengthening the recovery and reconstruction efforts of the government, the project will provide internally-displaced persons (IDPs) between 18-35 years old who are staying in evacuation centers and who are fully and consciously dependent on government support and assistance the opportunity to work overseas and earn income so they can support their families and contribute to the country’s economic growth.

Project implementation will begin on Tuesday, April 1, and will run until December 31, 2014 by which time 800 or more IDPs from barangays Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Rio Hondo, Mampang, Arena Blanco, Kasanyangan and Mariki have been identified, trained, assessed, certified, pre-qualified, and deployed to overseas employers.

This special project is part of the 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 fits their qualifications, interests, and career inclinations.

It is also part of the strategy of enhancing access to emergency employment and livelihood, as well as protection to migrant workers to attain strengthened social protection for vulnerable workers, a key planned outcome of the DOLE.

Aside from the city government and DOLE, partner agencies include the regional offices of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NCRO), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Satellite Office.

In a meeting held November 12, 2013, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz and Mayor Climaco have committed to extend overseas employment facilitation assistance to those identified as IDPs from the aforementioned barangays.

Some 33,000 individuals abandoned their homes to seek safety from the firefight between government forces and an army of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) men loyal to Nur Misuari in September last year. — Claudine Uniana