Temporary employment

Temporary employment

Sen. Bong Go (Chos.Ph)

We raise our hand to Senator Christopher Lawrence Go for pushing a measure aimed at providing temporary employment to displaced workers in the rural areas as the government gears up for economic recovery in the gasping zone of the pandemic.

We agree with Senator Go that there is indeed a compelling demand to address the need of marginalized sectors like the population in the rural areas where, despite the job qualifications of residents, job opportunities are wanting.

We don’t know exactly at this point how many would benefit from this proposal, the moment it is signed into law.

Go’s Senate Bill 420 seeks to provide temporary employment for poor families in rural areas who are willing to do “unskilled natural work for a period.”

Under the proposed measure, there will be a Rural Employment Assistance Program or REAP under the Department of Labor and Employment.

This seeks to provide temporary employment to qualified individuals who are poor, disadvantaged, displaced, or seasonal workers willing to work for a minimum of 10 days but not more than 90 days.

Go’s vow to continue pushing for more people-centered and service-oriented legislation while ensuring continuing public service delivery to those who need government attention the most deserves curtain calls.

in a statement, Go said, “All my efforts are directed toward sustaining the gains that former President Duterte has achieved for the country during his (six-year) term, while also supporting the programs and initiatives the new administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. have in store for every Filipino.”

We understand the municipal welfare and social development officers in the different localities will be in close coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

The coordination is intended to assess poor, disadvantaged, or displaced individuals who signify interest in working under REAP.

We take it that the assessment should consider the basic knowledge skills, capacities, and capabilities of potential qualified participants to enable officials to properly determine the type and nature of projects most suited, based on their qualifications and skills, and which would be relevant to their respective communities.

Under this scheme, the Department of Labor should facilitate basic knowledge and skills orientation.

These would include briefings on minimum public health standards and protocols in relation to the pandemic as well as capacity-building training and seminars seen necessary toward project development for qualified participants.

On the other side, the concerned local government units and program partners may make available for using any tools and equipment needed for project development to qualified individuals.

These may include the development, rebuilding, or rehabilitation of damaged and agri-based livelihood assets, common service facilities, and physical assets important to transport rural products.

Senator Go is on the right track.

(ai/mtvn)

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