DOLE turns over P2 million for emergency employment PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:41

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will be spearheading the conduct of an emergency employment program as part of their rehabilitation efforts for Zamboanga City.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz flew in to Zamboanga Tuesday, November 12 to personally turn over a P2 million check to City Mayor Beng Climaco which will fund the short-term employment measure for Zamboanga residents, including workers displaced by the September crisis.

Beneficiaries will be identified and hired by the local government through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), said Baldoz.

Under the program, beneficiaries will be tapped for various work, receiving the minimum wage for a 30-day work period.    The program will prioritize displaced workers and companies that have suffered economic restructuring and calamities.

Three more emergency employment batches will be rolled out by January 2014, added Baldoz.

Due to its immediacy and accessibility, the emergency employment is the initial intervention implemented by the labor agency to help residents meet their most urgent needs, especially during times of crisis. At length, the DOLE will move on to implement its livelihood component, where starter kits and skills training program in coordination with TESDA will be provided to residents who seek to start small businesses of their own.

Baldoz emphasized that both interventions are not dole outs. “Wala po ditong dole out. Talaga pong trabaho kaagad, hanapbuhay kaagad ang konsepto ng livelihood intervention,” she said, noting that even in the emergency employment program, beneficiaries still need to work for their salaries.

She further encouraged residents to coordinate with their respective PESO officers to register their names for the upcoming projects to be implemented. — Jasmine Mohammad