A three-phased relief and assistance program for informal sector workers affected by super typhoon “Juan” is ongoing in Region 1 under the auspices of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in coordination with local government units (LGUs) concerned.
The program aims to provide emergency employment, to restore livelihood opportunities as well as to extend entrepreneurship and skills training and working capital to target worker-beneficiaries like fisherfolk, farmers and the self-employed.
Phase 1 of the program includes emergency employment assistance for the October-November 2010 period to help facilitate the workers’ employment in small infrastructure projects of the LGUs.
Restoration will be Phase 2’s focus with DOLE Region 1 providing tools and equipment as well as skills and entrepreneurial development training so the workers can resume their livelihood activities.
Follow-through activities are lined up for Phase 3 to help these worker-beneficiaries either improve or expand their livelihood projects.
“The idea is to first provide immediate relief to affected workers by means of short-term employment and to help them rebuild their livelihood through long-term interventions,” said DOLE Region 1 Director Henry John Jalbuena.
Under the program, DOLE Region 1 office will shoulder wages of the workers who’ll be employed in small rehabilitation infrastructure projects the LGUs concerned will identify.
Jalbuena noted their salaries will be based on the LGUs’ prevailing rates.
These LGUs will screen the program’s worker-beneficiaries whose names will come from the official list of typhoon “Juan” victims.
Data show the region sustained agriculture and infrastructure damages amounting to some PhP1.4 billion and PhP46 million, respectively.