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


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.