MANILA - Cash for work programs will be implemented in several provinces to provide temporary jobs for residents affected by Typhoon Ompong, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Saturday, hours after the storm made landfall in Baggao, Cagayan.
The Department of Labor and Employment's (DOLE) emergency employment program will be implemented in Cagayan, Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya, Bello said in a phone interview on ANC.
"We will provide some emergency employment para sa mga na-displace na farmers, workers, residents para mabigyan sila ng konting tulong (for displaced farmers, workers, residents so they would be given some help) and at the same time, they will be working in rehabilitating the entire region," Bello said.
"Maglilinis sila ng bahay, ng mga kalye para ma-restore ang ating region (They will clean up homes, streets to restore our region)," he said.
The DOLE has yet to release specific guidelines for the program.
Typhoon Ompong, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, battered northern Luzon early Saturday morning, peeling off roofs, flattening farm lands, toppling trees and power cables, and causing landslides in several areas in Cagayan Valley and the Cordillera Autonomous Region.
The storm is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility before daw on Sunday.