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DOLE Officials visit Nina’s affected areas in Oriental Mindoro, ensure immediate assistance to vic

Usec. Maglungsod and OWWA Administrator Cacdac distribute food packs on Januaary 06, 2017 to the families of OFWS affected by typhoon Nina

 

DOLE Undersecretary for Labor Relations & Special Concerns - Usec. Joel B. Maglungsod, OWWA Administrator - Hans Leo J. Cacdac with his MIMAROPA Regional Director -  Allan A. Ignacio and staff, and Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Director Ahmma Charisma L. Satumba visited the typhoon affected areas in  Oriental Mindoro on January 06, 2017.

 On December 26, 2017, a day after Christmas when typhoon Nina also named as “Nock-ten” hit the northern part of the province of Oriental Mindoro at Signal # 3.  It brought heavy rains and strong winds that caused damages to infrastructures and agriculture. It also caused some areas to lose power and communication lines. It left many people in the affected areas without electricity as they welcomed the New Year.

 The aftermath of the typhoon prompted the Sanguniang Panlalawigan of Oriental Mindoro to issue Resolution No.  3384-2016 declaring portion of the province of Oriental Mindoro under the State of Calamity covering Calapan City, Pto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco. Naujan and coastal areas in Pola.

 DOLE Officials as accompanied by DOLE MIMAROPA Asst. Regional Director Roderick F. Tamacay,  TSSD Chief – Philip D. Ruga and Field Office Heads of the three (3) typhoon affected provinces of Or. Mindoro (Juliana H. Ortega with LEO III Ramezes R. Torres), Occ. Mindoro ((Roy DV Balleza) and Marinduque  (Marjun Moreno), and Andrea Leuterio of the National Re-integration  Commission for OFWs (NRCO) met with Governor Alfonso V. Umali, Jr.  Usec. Maglungsod laid down the DOLE’s readily available programs and services in this time of calamity with the fact that DOLE MIMAROPA through its Oriental Mindoro Field Office is already set to implement  the Emergency  Employment Program (EEP) also known as Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced (TUPAD) Workers. Through the program, 650 identified affected individuals in areas under the state of calamity will do a ten (10) – day work from Jan. 16 to Jan. 26, 2017 to do community service like declogging of canals, clearing / cleaning of barangay roads, and other related activities with a minimum salary of P285.00 a day. In addition, each worker shall be provided with personnel protective equipment such as long sleeved shirt and hat, and a year coverage of insurance.  Dir. Satumba, said that her office is willing to provide additional budget should there be a demand for an increase in the number of EEP workers depending on the need of the affected LGUs. Moreso, Atty. Cacdac notified the governor that OWWA was also there to let the OFWs and their families feel that in times of disaster they are also remembered.

 Gov. Umali expressed his gratefulness for the DOLE’s assistance it will bring to his affected constituents.  He even recalled the assistance already provided by DOLE in the past. 

 The team also distributed food packs to the families of the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Brgy. Nacoco. The distribution of food packs was OWWA’s way of expressing that it really cares for the OFWs.

                The team also proceeded to the municipalities of Baco and San Teodoro to personally extend DOLE’s assistance. The extent of damage brought by Nina were evidenced by uprooted trees (even big & old ones), fallen power posts, damaged electric cables, several damaged houses, half-downed banana plants, and damaged agricultural plants seen along the way. The Municipal Administrators of Baco and San Teodoro also expressed their gratitude for the prompt assistance of DOLE as help from other entities and government agencies especially in times of calamities is of great importance because at their own level they have no capacity to fix the damages alone due to their very limited budget. 

 Despite limited time, two (2) DOLE-assisted livelihood projects were also visited on the same day. First was the Banana Chips Making of  Samahan na Nagtataguyod ng Kaunlaran (SANAKA) at Sitio Calauang, Lumangbayan, Calapan City, and the last was the Virgin Coconut Oil project of Bigaan Agrarian Reform Community Cooperative (BARCCO) at Brgy Bigaan, San Teodoro. The presidents of both projects were pleased that they have been reached by the DOLE Central office’s key officials and also expressed gratitude for the trust and assistance provided by DOLE in the operation of their business. Only minor damage was reported due to Nina.

The team ended the day with a dinner meeting wherein Field Office Heads of Marinduque and Occidental Mindoro reported the damages of Nina in their provinces. Mr. Moreno added that EEP in Marinduque has already been starting December 27, 2016 and another batch to start on Jan. 9, 2017 while Occidental Mindoro is all set to implement the program in Lubang Island.

Planning to visit both provinces, Usec Maglungsod instructed the Field Officers to gather reports of business establishments affected by typhoon and should there be workers affected, DOLE has to provide them, too, with the appropriate intervention.

 

End/EMMANUEL ANTONIO P. PORTUGAL, JR.              

LCO Designate - DOLE Or. Mindoro                                    

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