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PGIN rolls out cash-for-work for daily wage earners

by PGIN-CMO

Mar. 28, 2020 ...

To cushion the economic impact of the month-long enhanced community quarantine due to the continuous spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Luzon island, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) will launch a cash-for-work program for displaced daily wage earners.

"Daytoy a cash-for-work program-tayo ket tulong para kadagiti displaced daily wage earner. Makitatayo daytoy a dakkel a tulong para kadagitay inaldaw nga agsuelsueldo ket ammotayo metten nga awan pagsapulanda ita gapo ta detoy makunkuna a community quarantine ket temporarily suspended amin nga operation ti public transportation. Isu nga dagiti tricycle driver ken jeepney driver ti nangnangruna a mabenepisiaran ti programatayo," PENRO program head Ms. Estrella Sacro explained.

[Itong cash-for-work program natin ay tulong para sa mga displaced daily wage earners. Alam natin na malaking tulong ito para sa mga manggagawang arawan kung sumahod. Alam din natin na dahil sa community quarantine ay suspended na ang lahat ng transportation services kaya ang mga tricycle at jeepney drivers ang pinakamakikinabang sa programang ito.]

PGIN had allotted P 15 Million from the budget of PSWDO for the first batch of beneficiaries of the employment program and eyes on allocating additional budget in case the enhance community quarantine extends.

Meanwhile, in line with the "Narimat nga Aglawlaw," province-wide environmental preservation campaign, the cash-for-work aims to maintain the cleanliness of our surroundings, especially with this type of calamity we are facing now, according to Mrs. Sacro.

"Ang priority natin ngayon ay maintenance ng flood control projects at revenue generating activities. Ito ang instruction ni Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc sa atin. It should be a sanitation and cleaning of surroundings including rivers, creeks, coastal clean-up, and canal unclogging. P 255.00 will be their daily salary," she elaborated.

The list of beneficiaries who were evaluated and selected by their respective barangay officials are now awaiting  Governor Marcos Manotoc's approval and are set to start next week.

PSWD alongside barangay officials will oversee the employment program, while PENRO will facilitate the program briefing.