DOLE releases P3-M for emergency employment of typhoon victims in Bulacan

Department of Labor and Employment (Philippines)An October 4, 2011 press release from the Department of Labor and Employment
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday approved the recommendation of DOLE Undersecretary Danilo P. Cruz for the release of an initial three million pesos to four towns in Bulacan whose residents were worst-affected by the flooding brought by Typhoons Pedring and Quiel.
“The initial amount of three million pesos will be used to pay for the wages of not less than a thousand workers/heads of families in Hagonoy, Calumpit, Obando, and Paombong for two weeks,” Baldoz said.
Baldoz said the emergency employment will be sourced from DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa mga Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD), a social amelioration program that helps disadvantages workers recover from emergencies and natural calamities.
To effect the emergency employment, the DOLE, through its Regional Office No. 3 headed by Regional Director Leopoldo de Jesus, has tied up with the local government units of the four towns and the provincial government of Bulacan. The municipal LGUs have provided a counterpart of P100,000 for the emergency employment program, which amount is to be used for the preparation of the individual profiles of the beneficiaries and the conduct of needs assessment.
Director de Jesus has reported to Secretary Baldoz that the beneficiaries will be employed to render rural public work, most of which will involve massive clean-up and repair of damaged roads, schools, barangay halls, municipal halls, and other government facilities.
As of  October 1, at least 2,131 families from the four towns have been reported to have been evacuated to 43 evacuation centers during and after the floods, while 415,241 persons in at least 81 barangays were affected by the typhoons.