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Ilocos Norte PESO consistently responding vs job displacement amidst COVID-19 pandemic

by PGIN-CMO

May. 28, 2020 ...

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the global economy and finances of a significant number of Ilokano workers, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) through the Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO) is consistently responding against job displacement by providing livelihood assistance programs for hardest-hit sectors. 

Earlier this week, PESO started opening applications for the second batch of "Saguip Nars" Program in a bid to augment manpower in the province's COVID-19 quarantine facilities.

"We continue to receive applications for nurses willing to participate in the program. Marami na tayong na-hire na nurses at na-deploy sa mga quarantine facilities upang tumulong sa ating COVID-19 response," Mrs. Anne Marie Lizette Bitancor-Atuan, PESO Manager, said.

At present, the office has already received over 60 applications. The qualifying exam will follow once there are enough applicants for the program.  

Along with the "Saguip Nars" program is the "Saguip Manggagawa" Program (SMP) catered for nonessential micro-enterprises which operations were temporarily suspended due to the pandemic.

A total of 500 slots are open for application. Beneficiaries will be working for ten days under the supervision of their employers and will receive a Php 3,400.00 salary.

"Ongoing pa rin ang application para sa SMP. Kino-consider rin kasi natin yung mga requirements na kailangan nilang ipasaNag-lockdown tayo noong first quarter of the year and some of our business establishment, especially micro-enterprises, ay hindi pa nakapag-secure ng business permits na kailangang i-submit sa ating office," Mrs. Atuan explained.

Moreover, PESO also launched the "NariMAT nga Aglawlaw" Cash-for-work Program in the first week of May to replenish the incomes of daily earners and self-employed workers by engaging them in community-based projects. 

1,332 beneficiaries were hired to work on the flood control projects in their respective barangays in preparation for the rainy season. In return, they received Php 1,275.00 salary for five days.

PGIN continues to strengthen its COVID-19 responses to cushion the impact of job displacement in the province.

"Tuloy-tuloy ang paglunsad natin ng mga programa para sa ating mga kapwa Ilokano ng sa ganoon ay matulungan natin sila, lalong-lalo na ngayong nakakaranas tayo ng crisis," Mrs. Atuan ended.