THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) is ready to assist communities who are affected by the El Niño phenomenon.

Dole Undersecretary Lourdes Trasmonte said their regional offices have started submitting possible recipients that may avail of the emergency employment and livelihood programs prepared by the government.

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“We already have asked our regional offices of their plans to mitigate effects of El Niño… Each regional office has the numbers of those affected,” she said.

Among the possible employment opportunities for affected communities such as farmers and fishermen are resort employees, repairing banca, fishnets, cleaning of canals and irrigations.

The livelihood programs include fishing and raising cream dory and eels.

The El Niño phenomenon was the reason behind the declaration of State of Calamity in several provinces, including Negros Occidental, Isabela, Cagayan and North Cotabato.

Farm lands have been dried up because of the lack of irrigation with losses already placed at P3 billion.

On the other hand, fishermen have been suffering from a series of fish kills in Ifugao, Isabela and Pampanga due to the extreme heat of water. (FP/Sunnex)