DOLE allots P455-M for cash-for-work program in Karding-hit Luzon areas
MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Karding left a trail of destruction in many parts of Luzon as it demolished houses, wiped out crops and flooded villages.
In a bid to fast track the recovery of these areas, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Sunday said it has allocated a total of P445 million for its emergency employment program to hire informal sector workers in the clearing, cleaning, de-clogging of canals, debris segregation, materials recovery, and other activities.
The DOLE’s regional office in Central Luzon and Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) is set to hire residents to work for 10 days under the agency’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (Tupad) program.
DOLE Central Luzon regional director Geraldine Panlilio said P365 million has been earmarked to hire 29,000 workers by next week. These workers will also receive training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
“The beneficiaries will not only work for 10 days, but they will also gain carpentry skills. In this way, they will not only construct their own homes, but they might also be employed by construction companies,” Panlilio said in a statement.
DOLE Calabarzon regional director Exequiel Ronie Guzman added that P90.6 million was also allocated for some 19,800 workers in the areas of Polillo Island, Burdeos and several other towns in Quezon, Rizal, Laguna, Batangas and Cavite which were badly damaged by Karding.
Karding left the Philippine area of responsibility on September 26, according to the state meteorologists. Twelve persons were killed, 52 were hurt, and five remain missing in the typhoon’s wake.