Tacloban mall fire victims to get employment aid

THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Eastern Visayas has called on the affected mall fire victims in Tacloban to visit their office and avail themselves of the agency’s livelihood and emergency employment program.

Amable Ildefonso Roa, assistant regional director of the labor and employment office in Eastern Visayas, said they have already provided orientation to 192 workers of Robinsons Place-Tacloban after the fire incident last October 23, 2019.

“Of the 192 workers, 98 signified to avail [themselves] of emergency employment or Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced workers (Tupad), while the remaining 57 wanted to have their own businesses through Dole’s livelihood or Kabuhayan program,” said Dole in a statement.

Recipients of the Tupad program will work for 15 days and receive payment equivalent to 100 percent of the highest prevailing private minimum wage in the region.

For the Kabuhayan program, the recipients can avail themselves of the starter kit or Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego-Kart), up to a maximum assistance of P20,000, depending on the project requirement.

Dole also offered its employment facilitation programs such as job fair and skills registry system to help the displaced mall workers.

According to Dole’s Quick Response Team, they have profiled a total of 1,137 workers from 101 establishments operating in Robinsons Place-Tacloban. (SunStar Philippines)


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