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Labour department gives jobs to Yolanda Victims

by FFE PH News staff

The Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) announced Friday that they will launch an emergency employment programme in Leyte, Samar and Eastern Samar to give jobs to 12,000 workers.

Labour secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said those hired will be paid the provincial minimum wage of Php260 daily for 15 days or Php3,900 for the duration of the programme. The 15-day period is just the minimum for the Php50m project.

The workers will be tasked to help clear up debris left by the typhoon.

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

Secretary Dimapilis-Baldoz said ‘Our experience in past post-calamity rehabilitation tells us that jobs can also be created through the repair and restoration of damaged infrastructure or rehabilitation of basic service facilities, including, but not limited to, rural works, such as the clearing of canals and waterways and clean-up of public spaces.’

A majority of the workers, some 10,670, will come from Leyte, the hardest-hit province. 1,001 more will be hired from Eastern Samar, while 1,000 will be hired from Western Samar.

‘More displaced workers will be employed as we are prepared to roll-out close to Php100m in additional emergency employment funds in January under various DOLE programmes.’

The department said that 1,199 businesses in Eastern Visayas have been affected by the typhoon.



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