Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis Baldoz directs all the field implementers of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today to provide livelihood projects and emergency employment to 100,000 vulnerable workers for 2014.

This instruction was specifically relayed by Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba to 69 regional and provincial focal persons of Livelihood (KABUHAYAN Program) and Emergency Employment Program (EEP), or the Tulong Panghanaphuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or TUPAD from regions 6, 7, 8,9, 10, 11 12 and CARAGA during the second batch of the Orientation-Seminar on the Policies and Procedural Guidelines of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) held in Cagayan de Oro City.

Baldoz issued last March 28, 2014 Department Order (D.O.) 137 series of 2014, prescribing the standards and procedures in the implementation of the DILEEP, which is the DOLE's contribution to the national agenda of inclusive growth through the provision of transitional emergency employment and promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises to workers in the informal sector and other vulnerable groups of workers.

"We expect that the KABUHAYAN and TUPAD focal persons shall have clear and apt understanding of DO 137-14 in order for them to effectively carry out the mandate and functions as prescribed under the said DO," Satumba said, adding,

"This orientation aims to explain the key processes such as program management, fund releases, liquidation and reporting, monitoring and evaluation of the KABUHAYAN and TUPAD programs."

Satumba, who presented and discussed the DILEEP's Regional Targets, reiterated Secretary Baldoz's instruction to deliberately provide livelihood and emergency employment to 100,000 vulnerable workers.

In addition to this figure, Satumba also disclosed that a total of 81,511 workers affected by Typhoon Yolanda last year are targeted to be provided with livelihood restoration and emergency employment, of which 36,734 individuals are to be given livelihood projects and 44,777 victim-workers in regions 4-B, 6, 7 and 8 are to be provided with emergency employment.

The BWSC, being the program manager of DILEEP, defined the roles and functions that will be undertaken by program implementers from the BWSC, DOLE regional and field offices.

Meanwhile, BWSC-Workers in the Informal Economy Development Division (WIEDD) head Ma. Lourdes J. Gonzales, exhaustively explained the guidelines and provisions of D.O. 137-14 and likewise discussed, tackled, and clarified potential issues and concerns raised by field implementer-participants.

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