ILO pursues commitment to help in Zambo recovery PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2016 11:24

By SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is committed to contribute to achieving early recovery and transitional development of the marginalized and internally displaced people in Zamboanga through offering livelihood trainings and links to decent work opportunities.

Rizalyn Vale, ILO-Zamboanga Project Officer said primary beneficiaries and participants of the ILO project intervention in Zamboanga are the IDPs particularly the women and youth. “The intervention is intended to enhance the capacity and capability of the IDP communities to access income generating opportunities and employment which are decent, responsive, competitive and sustainable,” she asserted.

ILO project interventions are ongoing in 8 out of 12 transitory sites specifically in Tulungatung, Mampang 1 and Mampang II, Buggoc, Kasanyangan, PTSI in Calarian, Rio Hondo, Lupa-lupa and Taluksangay.

A total of 550 IDPs have been identified to benefit from the interventions of which 150 have already completed trainings last March 2016. Trainings are ongoing for the remaining 400 IDP participants and marginalized host communities as of April 21, 2016.

The trainings include carpentry NC II, commercial cooking, dressmaking COC, Housekeeping NC II, masonry/plumbing NC II, electrical NC  II, electric/welding NC II and food processing NC II.

ccording to Vale, the type of trainings provided are based on the rapid area assessment (RAA) and validation surveys conducted in July 2015 by the ILO Project Team and local partners. The RAA surfaced the needs and aspirations of the IDP communities which were then linked to existing training courses offered by accredited institutional service providers such as TESDA and matched with key employment generators at the regional and national levels.

“The intervention ensures promoting employment and job referral opportunities to public and private sectors,” she pointed out.

Also on the pipeline are other interventions such as the conduct and facilitation of skills trainings in Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) programme in various IDP communities targeting 200 IDP participants who are mostly fisher folk and seaweed farmers.

The ILO is a United Nations (UN) agency dealing with labor issues particularly international labor standards, social protection and work opportunities for all. — Sheila Covarrubias