1,277 canning workers employed under Lobregat program Print
Saturday, 23 December 2017 16:31

Finding his way to help the factory workers who are presently un-employed due to the fishing ban, Congressman Celso Lobregat is giving temporary employment to some 1,277 workers from the eleven canning factories in Zamboanga City.

In partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Lobregat said that this livelihood program is very beneficial to those factory and fishing company workers availing the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantages Workers (TUPAD) program which provides temporary employment to the poor families in Zamboanga City.

Earlier, Congressman Lobregat coordinated with the Human Resource officers of the said canning factories to identify those local workers who are in the poverty level and truly deserves to avail such assistance program.

“Since the start of the fishing ban last December 1 until end of February, these factory workers are un-employed but they have to sustain their families so in my own little way we are giving them assistance by means of livelihood in the spirit of Christmas,” Lobregat said.

Imelda Alfaro, 42, a mother of two from Ayala who is one of the recipient of the such program said that she was very glad that Congressman Lobregat introduced this livelihood assistance for them while they are having a hard time looking for alternative jobs while awaiting the lifting of the fishing ban.

“Bien grande ya gayot ayuda na de amon familia este trabajo ta dale si Congressman Lobregat, yawat ya para cumpra leche del mga bata y consumo del familia mientras nuay pa trabaho na planta aura,” Alfaro said.

The canning factory workers who are recipient of the program are from MEGA Fishing Company, Universal Canning, Goldstar Canning, Century Pacific, PERMEX Corporation, YL Fishing Company, NY Fishing Company, Fortune Company, Aquatic Corporation, SACC Corporation, and BIGFISH Corporation.

“This livelihood program is very relevant and beneficial to its recipients, that’s why I am trying to procure more funds from DOLE to augment the number of recipients which can benefit the un-employed constituents of the city,” Lobregat said.

The solon said that he has asked from DOLE, to augment and double the fund allocations for the TUPAD Program next year so that more indigent residents and those hundreds of families affected by the said disaster can avail of such laudable government program.

Each recipient will be working for fifteen days and is earning the minimum wage hike prescribed by the national government, no witholding tax and other deductions collected which is favorable to the beneficiaries. – Dexter Yap