Manila, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) has tapped its 2012 budget to provide an additional P7 million worth of emergency employment program (EEP) for the displaced workers in Northern Mindanao, which was hit by typhoon “Sendong.”
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said in a statement yesterday the allotted fund will be used to augment the P10 million it released for its EEP in Region 10, particularly Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City, which were the devastated by flash ﬂoods.
“The P7 million is out of the regional’s ofﬁce’s program funds of P31.007 million for 2012 and the Workers’ Income Augmentation Program (WINAP),” Baldoz explained.
Citing a preliminary report from DoLE Region 10, Baldoz said at least 378 workers were affected in Northern Mindanao. She said about 300 of these displaced workers have already been assisted by DoLE Region 10.
Under EEP, DoLE will assist local government units (LGU) in hiring displaced workers in calamitystricken areas to clear or repair canals, watery ways, roads and other government infrastructures.
She said workers could also avail of DoLE’s livelihood assistance programs to start their small businesses and generate employment for other workers.
“Our focus will be on helping the workers set-up livelihood enterprises to enable them to recover lost income,“ Baldoz said. (Samuel P. Medenilla)