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Nearly P4-M released for Ilocos Norte locals


The DOLE-Regional Office I  on June 10 awarded P3,914,087 in total emergency employment and livelihood assistance to the municipalities of Pagudpud and Currimao in Ilocos Norte.

DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra led the awarding of checks through Municipal Treasurer Bella Malapit and PESO Manager Teresita Ventura for Pagudpud and Mayor Edward Quilala for Currimao.  Also present during the two separate occasions were DOLE-Ilocos Norte Field Office Head Susan Maynes, PESO Manager Arthur Malapit and Janelyn Martin, Senior Labor and Employment Officer. 

Out of the amount, the local government unit of Pagudpud received P1,974,000 for the implementation of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) benefitting 200 displaced, self-employed and marginalized individuals from 16 barangays. 

The financial aid will be for the wages, personal protective equipment and GSIS micro insurance of the TUPAD workers for rendering work for 28 days in community disinfection and sanitation, declogging of canals, segregation of wastes, cleaning, clearing, stone lining and gardening. 

As equity, the LGU shouldered the tools and costs for program orientation, monitoring and supervision amounting P527,747.44. 

For Currimao, P931,672 was disbursed for its TUPAD project involving 262 workers, while P1,008,415 was turned over for its Kabuhayan Starter Kit (KSK) benefitting 77 TESDA graduates of Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Electronic Product Assembly and Servicing, Cookery, Dressmaking and Gas Metal Arc Welding.  

The LGU earmarked the amount of P241,500 for the purchase of cleaning solutions and sprayer.  The KSK beneficiaries, on the other hand, shouldered P77,000 for permits and licenses. 

“The DOLE has set in place emergency employment packages for workers in the informal economy to provide them with sources of income while their livelihoods are affected by community quarantines due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Director Lacambra said. 

As defined by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the informal economy consists of independent, self-employed small-scale producers and distributors of goods and services. Workers in this sector are for the most part not covered by the country’s labor laws and regulations.  Proxy measurement and related indicators for the informal economy include the vulnerable   employment rate,  defined  as  the share  of   own-account  and contributing family workers in total employment.

In the Philippines, the 
Labor Force Survey  data indicated that 38.3 percent of those employed are in vulnerable forms of employment. This means nearly two out of five workers are less likely to have formal work arrangements and access to social protection and are more at risk during a crisis or shock.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Leonavella Duldulao, DOLE-INFO

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