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Central Luzon seeks P30-M emergency employment funds

THE Department of Labor and Employment in Central Luzon (DOLE-3) is seeking a P30-million budget allocation to provide emergency employment assistance to displaced workers.

In a virtual press briefing, DOLE-3 Director Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita disclosed that they have formally requested for funding for their Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (Tupad) program.

"We already sent our fund request. We are hoping that we can be given a fund of P30 million like we requested," said Campita.

"We have submitted the proposal to the office the Labor Secretary," she added.

Campita said Central Luzon workers also need the assistance as many of them have been displaced by the typhoon.

Among them, she noted, are workers in Bulacan, Pampanga, and Aurora.

She said the amount is not as large as those in other regions that have been hit worse by the calamity.

"It is not that big because we know that there are more regions in need of assistance," Campit related.

The labor official also said they are not pressing the DOLE main office as they know that more people need the assistance sooner.

"We are willing to wait as long as the funds are downloaded before December," said Campita.

Earlier, DOLE bared that an estimated P1.3 billion has been released in Cagayan Valley, Mimaropa, Calabarzon, and Bicol to provide assistance to displaced workers. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)


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