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Canning factories hire 64 IDPs
Fri, May 29, 2015 (Source: LGU - ZC)
Some 64 internally displaced persons (IDPs) will be absorbed by two canning factories as part of their workforce in support of the government’s build back better concept.

The 64 IDPs comprise the second batch of workers hired by canning factories since the signing of an agreement between the private sector and the government during the Livelihood Summit held last November and organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)- ENGAGE in partnership with the City Government.

The IDPs have passed the qualifications and requirements as factory workers of Pacific Century and Mega Sardines companies.

The first batch involved 81 IDPs, mostly temporarily housed at the Tulungatung Transitory Site, who started work early this year. The program is facilitated by the City Social Welfare and Development Office- Public Employment Service Office (CSWDO-PESO).

Another program resulting from the Livelihood Summit is the Emergency Employment Program implemented jointly by the CSWDO-PESO, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

The Livelihood Summit, was a result of various studies and community planning activities in evacuation centers and transitory sites as well as round-table discussions on economic capacities and livelihood opportunities. Among the objectives were to generate inputs towards crafting the IDP economic resettlement and development framework or plan; come up with programs to improve capacity, employability and opportunity-matching for the IDPs and arrive at a mechanism for a more effective coordination of all livelihood interventions which have been achieved before, agree on the roles and contributions by various stakeholders and generate policy and strategy program recommendation for IDP livelihood enterprises.

Sheila Covarrubias, LGU- Zambo. City

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