DOLE-7 to give emergency employment to landslide victims

CEBU CITY, 28 September (PIA) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) and the City of Naga, Cebu local government unit (LGU) have started talks for a possible provision of emergency employment for the workers affected by the massive landslide that hit the city last week, said, Department of Labor and Employment–7 (DOLE-7) Regional Labor Information Officer Luchel Senario-Taniza . 

DOLE-Cebu Provincial Field Office (CPFO) Head, Maria Grace V. Diaz, in a statement, said that their office have discussed options with the representatives of the city’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) and the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) for the assistance they will provide to affected workers through the DOLE’s Emergency Employment Program or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers or TUPAD.

The early morning landslide in the City of Naga buried homes and residents and the government intends to help survivors with emergency employment through DOLE. (PIACebu)

“We are now actively coordinating with the PESO and the CSWDO in the City for the profiling of affected workers in the six barangays declared under the state of calamity,” Diaz said.

Individuals and families residing in barangays Tina-an, Naalad, Mainit, Pangdan, Cabungahan, and Inoburan will be included, according to the labor and employment officials.

The barangays that were hardest-hit by the landslide are Tina-an and Naalad, said Taniza.

As of this writing, per report from the City of Naga’s Landslide Information Bulletin, the landslide registered dozens of homes buried under the rubble killing 67 and for validation, the 22 who still remained missing.

The said barangays will be made priority for the assistance, said Taniza.

“We agreed that we will be sourcing out the profile of affected individuals and families from the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) to avoid duplication of entries or names. From there, we will be identifying affected workers, of course with the help of the PESO of the City of Naga,” said DOLE-7 Regional Director, Atty. Johnson G. Cañete.

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Cañete has emphasized that there will only be one member per household who can avail of the emergency employment.

He also added, staff from the Cebu Provincial Field Office (CPFO), will be conducting interviews among the identified workers to find out if they are willing to work under the TUPAD.

The beneficiaries will work for 30 days at P386.00 per day. They will be enrolled in a group micro-insurance for one year under the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).

Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in the form of TUPAD shirts will also be given to them.

Under Department Order No. 173, Series of 2017 or the Revised Guidelines in the Implementation of the Department of Labor and Employment Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), beneficiaries’ length of work may vary from a minimum period of 10 days to a maximum period of 30 days depending on the nature of work to be performed.

“Workers can render work at the designated evacuation centers where hundreds of families are sheltered or may help pack relief goods as options. As for now, we are awaiting for the official list from the PSWDO. Once it is available, we will doing our own profiling of the workers for the implementation of TUPAD,” said Canete.

TUPAD is one of the two components of the DILEEP, the Department’s contribution to the government’s agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and poverty reduction. (jsme/PIA7-Cebu/DOLE-7)

Source: PIA Feed