Ilocos Norte to launch cash-for-work program for daily wage earners
LAOAG CITY, Mar. 29 (PIA) – The provincial government of Ilocos Norte rolls out a cash-for-work program for displaced daily wage earners affected by the month-long enhanced community quarantine placed in the entire Luzon.
Through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), the cash-for-work program aims to cushion the economic impact of the enhanced community quarantine.
“Itong cash-for-work program natin ay tulong para sa mga displaced daily wage earners. Alam natin na malaking tulong ito para sa mga manggagawang arawan kung sumahod. Alam din natin na dahil sa community quarantine ay suspended na ang lahat na transportation services kaya ang mga tricycle at jeepney drivers ang pinakamakikinabang sa programang ito,” PENRO program head Estrella Sacro said.
On March 17, all forms of public transportation are suspended after President Rodrigo Duterte placed the island of Luzon under enhanced community quarantine.
For Ilocos Norte, the provincial government allotted P15-million from the budget of PSWDO for the first batch of beneficiaries of the employment program.
Additional budget will be allocated in case the community quarantine extends.
Further, as part of the “Narimat nga Aglawlaw,” a province-wide environmental preservation campaign in the province, the cash-for-work aims to maintain the cleanliness of the surroundings especially with the type of calamity the country is facing now.
“Ang priority natin ngayon ay maintenance ng flood control projects at revenue generating activities. Ito ang instruction ni Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc sa atin. It should be a sanitation and cleaning of surroundings including rivers, creeks, coastal clean-up, and canal unclogging. P255.00 will be their daily salary,” Sacro added.
She further stated the list of beneficiaries who were evaluated and selected by their respective barangay officials are now awaiting the approval of the governor.
They are set to start next week. (JCR/AMB/MJTAB/PIA Ilocos Norte)