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Community-based employment program opened for displaced workers due to COVID-19

by PGIN-CMO

May. 05, 2020 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte has rolled out again another livelihood and emergency employment program for the displaced daily wage workers by engaging them in community-based projects.

Through the Provincial Public Employment Service Office, the "NariMAT nga Aglawlaw" Cash-for-Work Program aims to augment the financial resources of daily earners, employed or self-employed, who are affected by the continuing community quarantine caused by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

1,332 beneficiaries were hired to work under barangay-based social community projects such as eco-tourism; repair and improvement of common public facilities; debris clearing; declogging of canals; debris segregation and materials recovery, stockpiling; rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads, bridges, post-harvest facilities, and public markets; and tree planting and seedling preparation.

Ms. Marjorie Umali, a single parent and a fish vendor, expressed her gratitude to PGIN for continuously supporting its constituents amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

"Saanmi ekspektaren nga adda kastoy a programa ti Govierno Provincial para kadakami. Naragsak nak ta mesa nak a naala nga agdalus idiay barangaymi [Gabu 34-B, Laoag City]."

[We did not expect that the Provincial Government will open a program intended for us. I am thankful that I am one of the chosen beneficiaries who will clean our barangay.]

"Dakkel a katulunganmi daytoy a programa. Saan met a stable ti panagsapulmi. Nakadependar ti kaadu ti makalap ti mesa nga aldaw. Isu nga aglalaok ti pagsarakanmi ti pagsapulanmi," she added.

[This program is a great support for us since we do not have a stable job. Our income depends on the quantity of what we catch daily. This is why we rely on whatever job is available.]

In return to their service, beneficiaries will receive a salary worth Php 1,275.00 for five days and a calamansi seedling for each individual.