Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimpalis-Baldoz announced yesterday the release of P3.8 million in financial assistance, to provide temporary employment to 500 workers in Negros Oriental, who were affected by the recent earthquake, a government press release said.
The havoc caused by the earthquake, compels the DOLE to make its emergency employment program available to workers in Negros Oriental, considering that other means of livelihood assistance could not be possible at the moment due to massive destruction and loss, Baldoz said, the press release added.
DOLE Region VII Director Gloria Tango said the affected areas of Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalalud, La Libertad, and Guihulngan City, are agricultural in nature and residents are engaged in farming, livestock raising, and non-commercial fishing.
The 500 worker-beneficiaries will be engaged for short-term jobs, like reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructure identified by local government units through their engineering departments, she added.
They will come from the five areas severely hit by the quake, at 100 workers each, and will be working for 30 days at a daily rate of P200, the press release added.
Baldoz, meanwhile, said P1.5-million of the assistance will be charged to the DOLE-Adjustment Measures Program, another P1.5M to the Sugar Tripartite Council Fund, while concerned LGUs will share the P800,000, the press release added.*
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