MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has released emergency employment funds amounting to P3 million to 4 flood-ravaged towns in Bulacan, as aid for their recovery from typhoons “Pedring” and “Quiel”.
"The initial amount of P3 million will be used to pay for the wages of not less than a thousand workers/heads of families in Hagonoy, Calumpit, Obando, and Paombong for two weeks," Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said in a press statement.
The funds will be sourced from DOLE's Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa mga Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD), a social amelioration program that helps workers recover from emergencies and natural calamities.
The recommendation filed by DOLE Undersecretary Danilo P. Cruz was approved by Baldoz on Monday.
DOLE Regional Office 3, led by Regional Director Leopoldo de Jesus, tied up with the local government units (LGUs) of the 4 towns and the provincial government of Bulacan to carry out the emergency employment program.
The beneficiaries of the program will be employed to render rural public work, most of which will involve massive clean-up and repair of damaged roads, schools, barangay halls, municipal halls, and other government facilities of the affected towns.
The municipal LGUs have also released P100,000 for the emergency employment program for the preparation of the individual profiles of the beneficiaries and the conduct of needs assessment.
Floods brought by recent typhoons have displaced more than 2,000 families from the 4 Bulacan towns, while 415,241 persons in at least 81 barangays were affected by the floods.