CALAPAN, Oriental Mindoro, Apr. 12 (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Oriental Mindoro Provincial Office released recently a total of P2,300,250 to 760 victims of Typhoon Nona in the province.
This project is under the agency’s Emergency Employment Program (EPP) and the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) and the said amount was intended as wages of victims who worked under the implementation of said project.
Through the assistance of Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), the 760 beneficiaries were identified in Calapan City, Municipality of Bansud, Gloria, Naujan, Pinamalayan, Pola, San Teodoro, Victoria and Socorro; each with 85 beneficiaries, Socorro with 80.
The workers were engaged in a 10-day community work last March 2016 which include clearing/cleaning of barangay roads, declogging of canals and other related work as needed by the affected community and entitled to the minimum wage applicable in the area. Workers were paid on the last week of March.
“We thank DOLE for this cash-for-work program. This is the immediate help we need to recover from such destructive typhoon,” one of the beneficiaries said at the start of community work.
EEP/TUPAD aims to provide immediate livelihood support or financial assistance to victims and workers who have suffered from calamity, loss of livelihood and/or work displacement.
Typhoon Nona hit Oriental Mindoro in December 2015 which badly destroyed the economic resources of the province and heavily affected the sources of living of most Mindoreños. (DOLE/LTC/PIA-Mimaropa/Calapan)