By: InterAksyon.com November 22, 2013 4:38 PM
More than a thousand survivors of typhoon Yolanda in Western Visayas have been given emergency employment, a move to “enable disaster-stricken families to rebuild their lives,” the Philippines’ labor department said.
Five million pesos have been released to provide temporary jobs to 1,212 ‘Yolanda’ survivors in Region VI, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said in a statement released Friday.
Temporary workers, who will be paid P277 a day for an average of a 15-day period, will be tasked to clear sewerage systems, rebuild government buildings, and clean plazas and markets, the agency said in the statement.
Funds for the emergency employment program came about after the labor department’s regional office realigned cash from current but unutilized programs.
“The funds will be equitably distributed among the provinces in the region but will prioritize towns and barangays which suffered extensive damages, such as Iloilo and Capiz,” the statement said.
Western Visayas, the Philippines’ sugar supply source, suffered nearly P2 billion damage after typhoon Yolanda unleashed its fury on its provinces.
The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council VI placed the amount of damage on the region’s crops, livestock, and fisheries at P1,985,743,649.11 that affected 556,377 families in 2,941 barangays.
“This is the most critical time for our workers who have lost their livelihood. They need employment to earn income. The number of days that we can give them to work may be limited but the income that they will earn will definitely help buy food and other basic necessities for their families,” Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. VI Director Ponciano Ligutom Jr. said.
The regional office has already requested an additional P18.078 million in funds to provide emergency employment to 4,351 workers.