At least 5,000 workers from the province of Catanduanes will be benefit from the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) emergency employment program.
On Tuesday, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said this was in response to the appeal of Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua that they be included in the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Worker (TUPAD) program of DOLE.
“I will send an amount to hire at least 5,000 people to clean the streets and the debris of Typhoon Rolly,” Bello said.
Catanduanes was among the provinces, which suffered the most devastation from super typhoon Rolly.
The typhoon destroyed 10,000 to 15,000 homes made from light materials, the sea port, as well as 80 percent of the electric posts in Catanduanes.
It left thousands of people in the island province homeless as well as without power and water.
Bello said they will be prioritizing the implementation of their TUPAD using funding from the Bayanihan to Recover as One (Bayanihan 2) in typhoon-affected aread.
“Our focus will be in the hardest-hit areas like Region 5, Region 4-A, and Region 4-B, Mr. President, because these are the ones which really need emergency employment,” Bello said during a Cabinet meeting presided by President Rodrigo Duterte last Monday.