Dole, DOST ink deal to help Yolanda victims

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Thursday, January 23, 2014


TWO government agencies have agreed to work together to provide livelihood for the 100,000 unemployed individuals affected by the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo signed the memorandum of agreement on the convergence program of the two agencies on technology-driven, resource-based and sustainable livelihood for the Yolanda victims on Thursday morning in Quezon City.

"Maraming binuksang oportunidad ang bagyong Yolanda at isa na dito ang pagtatahi ng landas ng aming ahensya (Department of Labor and Employment), DOST pati na rin ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) at Department of Agriculture (DA) upang matulungan ang ating mga kababayang nasalanta ng bagyo," Baldoz said.

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The DTI and DA also pledged to support the convergence, which will be implemented from January 2014 to 2016.

The convergence program aims to provide livelihood packages to the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers, workers displaced by natural calamities such as Yolanda victims in the Visayas region.

The Department of Science and Technology intended to give science and technology-based training on food business, on how to maximize the use of agriculture and aquatic resources, crafts and chemical business and service-providing business after the DOLE has identified the target 100,000 beneficiaries.

The Dole also intended to provide fund amounting to P2 billion for two years.

“We want to provide them a resilient livelihood; we don’t just mean resilience in the economic sense but also resilience in the face of climate change and other newly emerging challenges,” Montejo said.

According to the Dole, millions were affected by the Typhoon Yolanda when it wreacked havoc in Eastern Visayas and nearby regions on November 8. However, the estimated number of unemployed are not yet verified.

“Hindi pa naming ma-identify ang final count since rolling ang numbers na hanggang ngayon marami pa ring business na nagre-retrench or nagpapasa ng ‘for closure’, kaya hindi pa din naming talaga masasabi kung ilang ang total na walang trabaho,” Baldoz said. (Sunnex)

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