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Series of Social Dialogue for Voluntary Regularization

Barely two (2) weeks after his assumption into Office, OIC-Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales, appeared in Palawan to spearhead the activities such as Social Dialogue with the Tourism Industry regarding Voluntary Regularization and series of activities for livelihood opportunities to would be displaced workers in El Nido and Coron, Palawan.

One Hundred Fifty-Nine (159) attended said Social Dialogue at Ivy Wall Hotel, Puerto Princesa City. The end goal of such dialogue is to let employers realized that the President is serious in its campaign to end contractualization. The participants were given enough time to submit their voluntary compliance.

In relation to EL Nido and Coron,Palawan, Director Gonzales expressed the DOLE’s commitment to provide livelihood assistance to would be displaced workers but there is a need to identify first the affected workers of every establishment. He made mentioned on the provision of fiber glass fishing boats and fish cages as among the possible livelihood assistance the DOLE can provide.

As Palawan contributes at least 60 percent to MIMAROPA’s total economic production, he mentioned that more efforts will be concentrated in providing packages of assistance to Palawan. He viewed that the entire MIMAROPA region allocation of P36Million for the livelihood is not enough. Hence, he will request for additional budget to augment its fund.

Director Gonzales managed from his busy schedule to pay City Mayor Lucilo Bayron a visit the day before the dialogue. The City Mayor mentioned the need for livelihood assistance of displaced residents of Sandiwa. He committed to extend at least Four Million (P4M) to said displaced residents under the DOLE-AMP program provided the City Tourism Office would submit the necessary documents.

 End/Ma. Socorro U. Marquez 


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