The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1 (DOLE RO1) has allocated the amount of P72,896,783 for its implementation of programs that aid workers and their families affected by the Magnitude 7 earthquake that hit northern Luzon on July 27.

DOLE Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos said various programs and projects are now rolled out to address the concerns of workers, as well as employers, which arose due to the natural calamity two weeks ago.

“Aside from our earthquake response activities, the DOLE RO1 also continues to vigorously implement its regular programs that aim to cushion the impact of inflation on low-income families,” said RD Ramos.

The said amount is the collective total of disbursed and obligated funds for various programs such as on emergency employment, livelihood intervention, government internship, and financial assistance to displaced Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program with P 11,520,825 fund, the DOLE provided 15-day employment to 1,975 workers in the region, who are now tapped for post-earthquake cleaning and light repairs. They are also rendering labor in cleaning of classrooms, in time with Brigada Eskwela. 1,425 TUPAD workers are from Ilocos Sur, 450 from Ilocos Norte, and 100 from La Union.

The DOLE RO1 shall also facilitate the employment of 292 interns under the Government Internship Program (GIP). With a total fund of P 7, 318, 910, the GIP interns aged 18-30 are children/dependents of minimum wage earners. They will work in various government offices across the region on August 15 – November 15, 2022, with a daily stipend of P370.

The DOLE RO1 is set to award livelihood starter kits to 157 skills trainees, through a partnership with TESDA. Worth P30,000, the starter kits under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program aim to launch self-employment among TESDA NC II training graduates with their newly-acquired skill on carpentry, masonry or electrical installation.

Various livelihood projects are also awarded for beneficiaries from Aguilar, Dagupan City, Calasiao, and Sta. Barbara, in Pangasinan. With a total disbursement of P 1,827,048, the livelihood projects benefited farmers, PWDs, LGBT members, and displaced transport workers.

The DOLE RO1 also resumed the distribution of financial assistance to displaced OFWs, through the Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong (AKAP). Some 4,752 OFWs are set to receive their aid of P10,000 each, with the total amount of P47,520,000 ready for disbursement.


Last Updated on August 11, 2022 by Justin Paul Marbella