Crisis committee readies cash-for-work for evacuees-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
THE Crisis Management Committee's (CMC) Livelihood Cluster has identified cash-for-work and provision of seed capital as the most viable forms of livelihood assistance for the thousands of evacuees displaced by standoff in Zamboanga City.
The standoff started last September 9 when hundreds of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels infiltrated the city through the shore of Rio Hondo village and nearby villages.
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Director Zenaida Arevalo said among the cash-for-work activities that would enable the evacuees to earn include declogging of drainages and assistance in the clearing operations.
She said what is unique about the cash-for-work program for the evacuees is that they will also have health insurance and social security benefits, which the International Labor Organization (ILO) is proposing to shoulder aside from the wage they would receive.
The Livelihood Cluster consisted of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), and the City Engineer's Office, aside from the DSWD and ILO.
Arevalo said each of the beneficiaries of the cash-for-work program will receive a salary of P214 per day. They will work for a period of one month.
She added that the program, once implemented, would benefit some 23,000 heads of the family.
Arevalo said they already submitted a proposal to the Office of the President for the funding of the program.
She said the Livelihood Cluster sees the need to provide skills training to the beneficiaries prior to the grant of the seed capital as far as the provision of capital assistance are concerned.
She said the Tesda will handle the skills enhancement and capability building training. (Bong Garcia)