Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday commended the DOLE-NCR CAMANAVA Field Office for ‘converging’ national government services and resources to provide emergency assistance, livelihood opportunities, and employment to affected workers in the typhoon-hit Valenzuela City. The convergence resulted to the Mega Job and Trade Fair at Valenzuela City Astrodome.
As guest at the job and trade fair, the labor and employment chief said the event reflected the common commitment and conscious effort of national government agencies and local governments to help alleviate the plight of distressed workers in the aftermath of typhoon Pedring.
“I am pleased that our partner agencies and LGUs have joined and converged with the DOLE to effectively utilize available resources for faster implementation of programs and efficient delivery of services to our workers,” Baldoz said.
In her report to the labor chief, DOLE CAMANAVA Director Andrea Cabansag said the DOLE, in coordination with the Valenzuela Workers Affairs Office, Valenzuela City Public Employment Service Office, and Valenzuela City Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (VTIPC) facilitated the whole-day Mega Job and Trade Fair in line with the celebration of VTIPC’s 3rd and the Civil Service Commission’s 111th year anniversaries.
Fifty six (56) direct local employers, six (6) overseas agencies, and three (3) manpower agencies opened 5,310 local and 2,960 overseas vacancies at the Job Fair to 1, 656 jobseekers, of which 186 were hired on the spot.
Making the fair an accessible one-stop shop to jobseekers, Cabansag said government agencies and local offices, which included the Social Security System, PhilHealth, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Pag-Ibig, National Bureau of Investigation, Philippine National Police, and Barangay desks offered a converged array of pre-employment services.
Meanwhile, the Trade Fair reflected a unified hub participated by the Department of Trade and Industry, POEA Workers Education Division, Valenzuela Business Club, Valenzuela Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Valenzuela Polytechnic College, and the Valenzuela City government.
One of the event’s highlights was the provision of emergency employment to 200 typhoon-hit workers under the DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) program.
The convergence of the local government of Valenzuela and the DOLE-CAMANAVA will ensure the program’s successful implementation. The emergency workers will work for ten days in declogging canals and cleaning the streets of eleven Valenzuela barangays heavily affected by the typhoon.
Another highlight of the twin event was the awarding by Secretary Baldoz of P300,000 worth of livelihood assistance in the form of materials, tools and equipment to 29 beneficiaries of the Water Hyacinth Processing Project, a community-based enterprise in Barangay Coloong, Valenzuela City.
The livelihood assistance will augment the production of bags, slippers, gifts and novelty items, seminar bags, christmas decors, and other items made out of water hyacinth by the members of the project.
“The livelihood grant is the DOLE’s help to the beneficiaries since Barangay Coloong was one of the major areas heavily affected by the recent typhoon, which damaged the properties and livelihood of the residents.” Baldoz said.
Subsequently, Baldoz also awarded P10,000 worth of self-employment package to 36 women OFW returnees under the Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay Project. The packages which include start-up kits on cell phone repair, dressmaking, rice retailing, e-loading, gift shop, beauty parlor, gloves and rug making and other livelihood activities.
Elated with the results of the local convergence, Baldoz said that the realization of strengthened partnership and alliance with other agencies and the local government will hasten the effective delivery of accessible and efficient programs and services to workers, especially in the event of natural calamities.
“We need to consciously extend our efforts and forge a common strategy with our partners to ensure the efficiency, viability, and sustainability of our programs and to directly make an impact to the lives of affected workers,” Baldoz said.
(with reporting from DOLE CAMANAVA Field Office)