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Friday, 17 May 2024

Employment, gov’t services highlight Labor Day celeb in Tandag City

Tandag City, Surigao del Sur (PIA) - To uplift both the informal and formal sectors, the Department of Labor and Employment - Surigao del Sur (DOLE-SDS) headed by Genebelle Bal marked the 122nd Labor Day celebration with vibrant activities at the Vicente T. Pimentel Jr. memorial gymnasium during the Labor Day celebration on May 1.

The event was a significant milestone, joined by hundreds of job seekers, beneficiaries, grantees, sellers, buyers, guests, and visitors. As support to the event, the key local officials and stakeholders attended and witnessed the bustling and festive atmosphere.

A Job Fair and a Government Service Caravan highlighted the celebration which provided ample employment opportunities for Surigaonons, and essential basic services directly to the people who participated in the event respectively. 

The Tulong Panghanapbuhay Sa Ating Disadvantaged / Displaced Workers (TUPAD) and Government Internship Program (GIP) payout offered financial assistance to beneficiaries, while the release of livelihood grants empowered local entrepreneurs as part of the events.

Fostering a spirit of community and support for local businesses, the Kadiwa Ng Pangulo program showcased locally produced goods being patronized by the locals of the city.

A seminar for workers in the informal sector (WIS) was also conducted, emphasizing the importance of skills development and providing valuable knowledge to attendees.

On Employment Opportunities:

The Job Fair stood out as a highlight of the event, with a total of 18 employers, both local and overseas, participating in the fair, offering an impressive combined total of 3,991 vacancies across various sectors, the DOLE provincial office reported.

Out of the 130 registered applicants who attended the fair, 20 job seekers completed the application process and were hired on-the-spot. This immediate employment outcome underscored the effectiveness of the Job Fair in matching job seekers with potential employers, thereby providing tangible employment solutions to the community.

The participation of numerous employers and the successful hiring of applicants reflected the ongoing commitment of DOLE-SDS to create valuable employment opportunities and support the local workforce in the province.

On Government Service Caravan 

A comprehensive Government Service Caravan, an initiative that brought together various national line agencies, offered vital services and consultations to the attendees of the event.

Key participants included the Social Security System (SSS), PhilHealth, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). These agencies provided crucial information and services, enhancing access to social security, healthcare, welfare, and support for overseas workers.

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) contributed significantly by showcasing skill demonstrations in bread-making, table skirting, and other vocational skills. These demonstrations aimed to inspire and educate participants on practical skills that could lead to new employment opportunities or entrepreneurial ventures.

The Department of Agriculture, on the other hand, made a valuable contribution by freely distributing fruit and vegetable seeds, promoting sustainable agriculture and food security among residents.

The Government Service Caravan underscored the collaborative efforts of various agencies to support and uplift the community, ensuring that the Labor Day celebration was not only a day of festivity but also a day of meaningful engagement and support for all attendees.

On GIP payout

Under the Government Internship Program (GIP), some 21 interns assigned to various local government units (LGUs) in Surigao del Sur received their salaries for the month of April with a total amount of P155,504.71.

The payout according to Dir. Bal supported the interns in their professional development while contributing to the operational efficiency of the LGUs.

“The GIP, aimed at providing young Filipinos with practical work experience, enables participants to develop skills and gain insights into government operations,” Bal said. 

This initiative not only benefited the interns but also helped in improving the delivery of public services at the local level.

The April payout underscored the government's commitment to investing in the youth and fostering their potential as future public servants.

On TUPAD payout

In Tandag City, a total of 516 beneficiaries under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program received over P1.9 million in compensation for their 10-day work period. Each worker who participated in various community-based projects received P3,700 as their payment.

The TUPAD program aims to provide immediate relief through short-term employment to vulnerable workers affected by economic disruptions. This recent payout underscores the government's effort to support disadvantaged workers by offering them a source of income and a means to contribute to their communities' development.

Kadiwa ng Pangulo: Boosting Local Economy and Livelihood

The Kadiwa ng Pangulo (KnP) initiative provided a significant platform for 17 farmer associations, Micro-, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), and DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or Kabuhayan Program Livelihood beneficiaries to showcase and sell their high-quality fresh vegetables and goods at reasonable prices. This event attracted a large number of guests, including employers, job seekers, visitors, and particularly TUPAD beneficiaries, creating a vibrant marketplace atmosphere.

The overwhelming turnout and enthusiastic participation resulted in the DOLE in Surigao del Sur recording the highest total sales in the region, amounting to P142,770. 

This successful event highlighted the KnP program's effectiveness in supporting local farmers and small businesses, boosting the local economy, and providing affordable, fresh produce to the community.

On Empowering the Workforce

Aimed to honor Filipino workers and their invaluable contributions, the workers in the informal sector (WIS) orientation was held, attended by two parents of child laborers and 15 representatives from various associations.

The event featured insightful discussions on promotion and marketing strategies, productivity, national government programs and services, and general labor standards. It aligned with the theme, "Sa Bagong Pilipinas: Manggagawang Pilipino, Kabalikat at Kasama sa Pag-asenso." 

“The participation of numerous employers and the successful hiring of applicants during the event reflected the ongoing commitment of DOLE-SDS to create valuable employment opportunities and support the local workforce in Surigao del Sur,” the provincial director added. (NGPB/PIA-Surigao del Sur)