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January 23, 2014

“in pursuit of PIA’s commitment to provide a national mechanism for the free flow of timely, accurate and relevant information… “

VOL 2 ISSUE 15

Daily E-Newsletter of Philippine Information Agency - 8

January 23, 2014

DOLE rolls out P50-M emergency employment for affected families of OFWs

DOLE’s continuing cash-

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abor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldos on Tuesday said that the DOLE through the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, recently rolled out P50 million emergency employment, or cash-for-work program for affected families of OFWs in areas hit by Typhoon Yolanda, particularly in Eastern Visayas. “In Region 8, the OWWA regional office reported that it has completed its emergency employment in six barangays in Guiuan and two barangays in Basey, all in Eastern Samar, where 250 workers worked for 15 days and were paid P260 per day,” Baldoz said. In Tacloban City, 40 workers

from Barangays 18 and 77 had just been paid the same wage of P260 per day for 15 days, while in Palo, 26 workers were hired by the OWWA to clear the roads. The initial outlay for the OWWA’s cash-for-work is P2 million, but more funds are expected according to Norma del Rosario, the OWWA’s chief in the regional office. “The OWWA is looking at another 86 barangays in Leyte Province where emergency work can be implemented in the next few weeks. These are in Dulag (24 barangays); MacArthur, (one barangay); Jaro (24 barangays); and Tanauan, 17 barangays,” said Baldoz who assured continued on page 5

Thousands of job seekers flocked to the Leyte Normal University gym in Tacloban City for the Jobs Fair prioritizing those displaced due to Supertyphoon Yolanda when most businesses in Eastern Visayas closed. (Vino R. Cuayzon)

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abor and Employment S ecretar y R osalinda Baldoz said the DOLE’s continuing emergenc y employment or cash for wor k program now includes sugar wor kers. S ecretar y Baldoz who was in Tacloban to attend the second joint relief mission and jobs fair of the DOLE and licensed pr ivate recruitment agencies and to see for herself the progress of the DOLE’s rehabilitation wor k . S ecretar y Baldoz said the P14-M was allocated by the Sugar Tr ipar tite Council, or STC, from the Sugar Amelioration Program (SAP) Fund for the emergenc y employment of sugar wor kersur vivors of Typhoon Yolanda in R egion 6, 7, and 8. S ecretar y Baldoz is the chair person of the STC. O f the amount, Baldoz said the DOLE regional office got an initial share of P4.5 million and is set to star t the program nex t week . S ecretar y Baldoz said that 25,039 Filipino wor kers have benefited from the DOLE’s emergenc y employment program as of 31 D ecember 2013. Baldoz said the gover nment ’s emergenc y employment, or cash-for-wor k , continued on page 7


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January 23, 2014

More than 3000 applicants troop the Jobs Fair in Tacloban, 128 hired on the spot

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ome 128 applicants were hired on the spot for local and overseas employment as more than 3,000 applicants trooped to the Jobs Fair conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration on January 22, 2014. The initial report of the DOLE 8 was 111 but later, the final report was 128 with 90 applicants landing local positions while 38 applicants were lucky to have landed overseas employments in the Jobs Fair which was participated in by 17 local employers and 36 recruitment agencies for overseas employment. This is 23% hired on the spot,

the DOLE told the Philippine Information Agency. The local employers made available 2,587 jobs while the 36 recruitment agencies, 31 of which are offering landbased while 5 are seabased jobs. Combined, there were 11,800 overseas employments which were available but the applicants must be able to meet the requirements. The queue of the applicants was very long, starting from outside the gate of the LNU up to the venue at the LNU Gym. The applicants were from the various areas in Eastern Visayas. When

interviewed, many of them said they did not know yet what jobs they will apply because there so many jobs to choose from. Most of those interviewed by PIA said they were looking for local jobs as they did not want to leave their families at this time after the Yolanda typhoon devastated their respective areas. What was common among the participants were their enthusiasm to find a job according to their skills as they would rather work than continue to live on relief from generous entities. (PIA 8)

More than 14,000 local, overseas jobs available at Jobs Fair in Tacloban City

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ome 128 applicants were hired on the spot for local and overseas employment as more than 3,000 applicants trooped to the Jobs Fair conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration on January 22, 2014. The initial report of the DOLE 8 was 111 but later, the final report was 128 with 90 applicants landing local positions while 38 applicants were lucky to have landed overseas employments in the Jobs Fair which was participated in by 17 local employers and 36 recruitment agencies for overseas employment. This is 23% hired on the spot, the DOLE told the Philippine Information Agency. The local employers made available 2,587 jobs while the 36 recruitment agencies, 31 of which are offering landbased while 5 are seabased jobs. Combined, there were 11,800 overseas employments which were available but the applicants must be able to meet the requirements. The queue of the applicants was very long, starting from outside the gate of the LNU up to the venue at the LNU

Gym. The applicants were from the various areas in Eastern Visayas. When interviewed, many of them said they did not know yet what jobs they will apply because there so many jobs to choose from. Most of those interviewed by PIA said they were looking for local jobs as

they did not want to leave their families at this time after the Yolanda typhoon devastated their respective areas. What was common among the participants were their enthusiasm to find a job according to their skills as they would rather work than continue to live on relief from generous entities. (PIA 8)

PIA regional director Olive Tiu (right) introduces the guests from (l-r) DOLE-Labor Communication Office director Nicon Fameronag, DOLE 8 regional director Exequiel Sarcagua, POEA administrator Hans Leo Cacdac and PESO officer of Tacloban City Mely Cruz to the media during the press conference in connection with the Jobs Fair at LNU gym, Tacloban City, January 22. (Vino R. Cuayzon)


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January 23, 2014

Hernani LGU-ZOA ink MOU for better shelters BY: SAMMY CANDIDO

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A job seeker fills up a form during the Jobs Fair at the LNU gymnasium in Tacloban City, January 22. (Vino R. Cuayzon)

he Hernani Local Government Unit (LGU)and Zuid - Oost Azie (ZOA), a humanitarian organization based in Apeldoorn, Netherlands inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on January 20, 2014 at Hernani, Eastern Samar, one of the area that were hardest hit by “Typhoon Yolanda. Hernani Mayor, Edgar C. Boco signed the MOU and on the part of ZOA, was Mr. Jeff Cosico, the ZOA Country Representative. According to Mr. Jeff Cosico, in a brief interview, their purpose is to bring people from tent to a more secured shelter the soonest possible time. Particulary stated is that, the project will construct 200 units of oneroom shelter for the families affected by the Super Typhoon Yolanda. It is also stipulated in the MOU that the Hernani LGU and ZOA mutually agree to implement the construction of 200 units where 120-130 units will be in Barangay Batang and the remaining units will be in another identified community where there are still families who are in need for housing. The housing project will follow the agreed design made by the Municipal Engineer of Hernani and ZOA Shelter Technical Adviser where each unit has the following physical features: floor area is 3.6m x 4.2m or 15.12 sq. m., four concrete footing, wooden posts are bolted in metal straps that are attached to concrete footing, huricane straps from truss to post, marine plywood (Sta. Clara brand) will be used for wall, floor is 3/4 inch thick plywood, and coco lumber will be used but if the beneficiary has available lumber, they can be used if they are ingood quality or even stronger than coco lumber. As agreed in the MOU, each entity has a role. Hernani LGU is to help

identify and recruit chainsaw operators and skilled carpenters, identify possible depot for construction materials in the location, to assign a representative to co-manage the project together with the ZOA Project Manager or technical adviser, to facilitate conflict resolution intervention in the community when needed, to inform interested institutions or organizations who will be doing shelter program the presence of ZOA in Barangay Batang to avoid overlapping or duplication since ZOA is committed to construct 120-130 units in that community plus other housing repair, if necessary, and to assist ZOA in identifying future community who are still in need of shelter. Meanwhile, ZOA will formulate a criteria for beneficiary selection, conduct house to house interview and identify deserving families who will benefit this shelter project; finance and construct a total of 200 one-room shelters and to provide an update to the Hernani LGU regarding the development of the shelter project regularly, at least every two weeks. The timeframe of the project is from January to June 2014, this can eithe be shortened or extended depending on the availability of skilled carpenters but both ZOA and Hernani LGU will work together so that the families who were affected by Yolanda can be transferred to a stronger house to be permanently their’s as soon as possible. Other ZOA representative who witnessed the signing of MOU were: Geke Keift, Communication Officer, Gerard Schoemaker, Shelter Technical Adviser and Tito Revereal, Project Manager. ZOA is also committed to help the Hernani LGU with livelihood and education. (PIA-E. Samar)


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January 23, 2014

World Food, PLAN continue to deliver food supplies to “Yolanda� stricken areas BY: ALICE NICART

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ood deliveries continuous to flow to the most ravaged communities here, as World Food ( WFP) and PLAN International maintain the most basic intervention. A report shows that WFP and International Red Cross(ICRC) operate by providing a two week rations on alternate forthnights to make a total of one month ration. Other areas receive a one-month ration. WFP distributes rice only but PLAN gives a full ration. Supplementary feeding is also being provided to children six to

23 months old but all food operation are still on blanket coverage in target areas. From food distribution, the interventions are moving toward recovery phase for WFP and PLAN but this can come into play as soon as projected assistance come in, the report added. One more INGO, FSAC is willing to work with Philippine government particularly with the Livelihood Cluster to ensure that when general food distribution is halted, food security remains and

markets would be able to operate. The report added that a local NGO informed that they are providing assistance in Quinapondan and Mercedes focusing on agriculture. Rice seed distributions with fertilizers will soon be done here. Vegetable seeds have been distributed as well to upland communities of Quinapondan, while granting of motorized boats and fishing nets in three coastal barangays of General McArthur are being worked out. (PIA-Eastern Samar)

Pre-screening for free surgery at Northern Samar Provincial Hospital, on going BY: AILENE N. DIAZ

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n-going at the Northern Samar Provincial Hospital is the prescreening for those who want to avail of a free-surgery specifically cleft lip and palate, goiter, organ surgeries, tumor and other general and reconstruction

surgeries. This was learned from Ms. Sylma Lutao, Provincial Information Officer of PGNS. The pre-screening is being conducted for the scheduled medical

Thousands of job seekers flocked to the Leyte Normal University gym in Tacloban City for the Jobs Fair prioritizing those displaced due to Supertyphoon Yolanda when most businesses in Eastern Visayas closed. (Vino R. Cuayzon)

and surgical mission on February 2-7, 2014 at the Northern Samar Provincial Hospital through the PhilippineMinnesota Medical Association (PMMA) and Hope for the City based in Minnesota USA in coordination with the Provincial Government under the leadership of Governor Jun Ong. Aside from the free medical services, medicines will also be available for those who will come for consultation set on the same dates at Catarman covered court. The PMMA is composed of 84 doctors, dentists, nurses and paramedical volunteers of which 4 are plastic surgeons, 2 ENT specialists, 2 OB Gynecologist surgeons, said Dr. Timoteo Lao, Chief of NSPH. According to Dr. Lao, the prescreening is on-going until January 30, 2014 at the Provincial Hospital and those pre-screened patients are informed to go back to NSPH on February 1, 2014 for the pre-operation evaluation to be done by PMMA. continued on page 7


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January 23, 2014 DOLE rolls...from page 1 Leyte Governor during a meeting at the Provincial Capitol that the DOLE will continue to provide support to the provincial government through the DOLE’s livelihood and other programs and services. “In Tacloban City, we are waiting for the submission of the proposals of the local chief executives of Barangays Old Kawayan, New Kawayan, Brgy.68 (Anibong), Brgy.44-A, and Brgy.100 (San Roque),” Baldos said. The OWWA is also validating some more OFW beneficiaries in select barangays of Salcedo; Gen. MacArthur; Giporlos; Quinapondan; Lawa-an in Eastern Samar and Marabut in Western Samar,” she added. Secretary Baldos said that DOLE hopes to add more workers as money becomes available. She said she has already ordered DOLE Regional Director Exequiel Sarcauga to fast-track the restoration of all DOLE-assisted livelihood programs destroyed by the typhoon side-by-side the DOLE emergency employment program. “We are now in the rehabilitation and rebuilding phase so we have to move at a fast clip,” Baldoz added. (PIA 8)

New Zealand ambassador promises to invest in areas of disaster management, agriculture in Biliran BY: RODRIGO S. VICTORIA

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he ambassador of New Zealand to the Philippines made a promising statement in his first visit to Biliran province – that is to invest in the areas of disaster management and agriculture. Ambassador Reuben Levermore of New Zealand made the statement when asked by a local reporter of what other areas his country will extend to Biliran province in a press conference held at the SanguniangPanlalawigan session hall on Wednesday, January 22. Levermore assured the local officials that his country will invest in the areas of disaster management and agriculture aside from being “very pleased to contribute something important to the province” in the field of geothermal development. The New Zealand ambassador, who admitted he was awed by the natural beauty of the island province,

told reporters that he sees ”more jobs and the energy needs will be met” with the Biliran geothermal project. He has in mind investing in disaster management since his country also experienced natural disaster like earthquake. He likewise expressed his ”deep sympathy” on the victims of super typhoon Yolanda that hit Eastern Visayas including Biliran province recently . The New Zealand ambassador also points to investing in agriculture in Biliran province upon his initial assessment that the province is an agricultural area. Levermore disclosed that his country has already extended technical assistance to the Philippines in 1970 in the areas of hydro and geothermal development. (PIA8Biliran)

Leyte governor Dominico Petilla welcomed officials of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and its attached agencies, employers and job seekers to the Jobs Fair held at the LNU gymnasium, Tacloban City, January 22. The fair aims to hire employees specially those displaced due to Supertyphoon Yolanda. (Vino R. Cuayzon)


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January 23, 2014 Pre-screening...from page 4 The medical and surgical services, is in line with the flagship program of the administration called CHANGE. (PIA8Northern Samar)

Biliran geothermal project has huge energy resource says Orka top official BY: RODRIGO S. VICTORIA o less than the top official of the foreign contracting firm has confirmed to repor ters and local officials that the geothermal project in Biliran province has a huge energy resource. Eirikur Bragansson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ORKA E n e r g y, a f o r e i g n p a r t n e r o f Biliran Geothermal Incorporated (BGI) in the exploration and development of the Biliran Geothermal project, announced o n We d n e s d a y, J a n u a r y 2 2 , the latest development of the geothermal project in a press briefing held at the Biliran Sangguniang Pa n l a l a w i g a n session hall.

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Bragansson revealed that the initial well explored in the Biliran geothermal project is “ t h e h o t t e s t i n t h e P h i l i p p i n e s ”. H o w e v e r, t h e O R K A C E O did not give the quantifiable amount of the geothermal energy reser ve that can be derived from the initial well but assured it is “a v e r y s t r o n g e n e r g y r e s o u r c e”. Mario Marasigan, chief of the renewable energy bureau of the Department of Energy (DOE) who was present in the press c o n f e r e n c e , a l s o c o n f i r m e d “o f a v e r y g o o d g e o t h e r m a l r e s o u r c e” in Biliran province. Brangansson also told, the power plant that will be constructed in the Biliran geothermal project will be the most advance power plant in Asia. “ We w i l l u s e n e w s e t o f technology ” Bragansson further said with an agreement already i n t h e l i n e w i t h To s h i b a i n t h e c o n s t r u c t i o n o f p o w e r g e n e r a t o r. The ORKA top official informed that the Biliran geothermal project will star t producing power in the next two years. (PIA 8-Biliran)

Participants of the UN OCHA-led Cluster Approach and Coordination Workshop composed of government partners, NGOs and CSOs listen attentively to the speaker as they formulate/identify salient points how they responded, what challenges met, what are the best practices and lessons learned from the super typhoon Yolanda and aligning coordination mechanisms into an operational model. (ldl/PIA-8)

7 DOLE’s continuing...from page 1 program implemented by the DOLE in R egions 4-B, R egion 6, R egion 7, and R egion 8 with funding of P76.809 million had direc tly benefited 25,039 individuals as of the end of the year. She said the I nter national Labor Organization, which par tnered with the DOLE on the emergenc y employment program, had contr ibuted P12.165 million, benefiting 5,875 individuals. The Philippine G over nment immediately ac ted r ight af ter t yphoon Yolanda devastated the countr y, to fund livelihood and jobs through the var ious line gover nment agencies, S ecretar y Baldoz said. DOLE, together with other national agencies with cash-for-wor k programs in their mandates, star ted immediately af ter the calamit y was an emergenc y employment program that sought to enable disaster-str icken families to quick ly stand up, with better access to social protec tion and sustainable income sources, the Labor S ecretar y added. The nex t phase, the rehabilitation of people’s livelihoods, is just about to star t,” she said. (PIA 8)


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January 23, 2014

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) administrator Hans Leo Cacdac delivers the message of the Labor and Employment Secretary during the opening program of the Jobs Fair held at the LNU gymnasium, Tacloban City, January 22. The fair prioritizes employees who lost their jobs due to Supertyphoon Yolanda. (Vino R. Cuayzon)

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