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Register with DOLE for job opportunities, evacuees urged

Manila, Philippines — Amid the exodus of evacuees from typhoon-hit areas in the Visayas to cities in nearby provinces and in Metro Manila, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it is looking at every means to provide them with employment opportunities.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said she has ordered the Public Employment Services Offices (PESO) to begin its monitoring and profiling of workers, who fled from communities battered by super typhoon “Yolanda” earlier this month.

“I have already directed our Public Employment Services Offices, particularly here in Metro Manila…we also urge the affected workers to register in the PESO so we could provide them with employment opportunities as soon as possible,” Baldoz said.

At least 150 typhoon victims are now in Metro Manila since last Friday. This is expected to increase in the coming days due to existing uncertainties in relief supplies and security situation in some of the affected areas.

Baldoz said the displaced workers could avail of DOLE’s nationwide job fairs, scheduled before the end of the year. She said the job fair will serve as venue for medical missions, relief distribution, and food station.

She reported the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is coordinating with some recruitment agencies and local employers to hold a job fair in Tacloban City, which was among the heavily-devastated areas.

“POEA is negotiating with some agencies, which will agree to deploy workers abroad with no-placement fees,” Baldoz said.

Baldoz said POEA will prioritize agencies that are seeking to hire skilled workers to ensure they will be well-protected once deployed overseas.

She said the Technical Education Skills Development Authority will offer cash-for work scholarship training for those, who will not qualify for available job openings due to lack of skills.

She said POEA will also invite social service agencies like the Social Security System, Philhealth, and Pag-IBIG Fund to put up a one-stop shop processing center. “This is very important for the affected workers since many of their documents have been washed out from the recent calamity,” Baldoz said.