Monday, March 23, 2009

Livelihood training given to laid-off workers

By Karen Lapitan, Maricar Cinco
Inquirer Southern Luzon
First Posted 23:41:00 03/23/2009

Filed Under: Regional authorities, World Financial Crisis, Employment, Unemployment

ROSARIO, Cavite – The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) has implemented the One-stop Workers’ Assistance Center, which seeks to help retrenched workers look for other jobs or alternative sources of income, according to Tereso Panga, administrator of the Cavite Economic Zone Authority (Ceza).

This free service started in Cavite on March 2 and the affected workers had started benefiting from the project, Panga said.

The Department of Labor and Employment had released P2.1 million to assist 500 workers for livelihood assistance within Cavite, he added.

Through the project, the displaced workers could acquire more skills, which they could use to find another job, Panga said.

“The project also aims to provide training and capital if they want to start a small business,” he said.

“While we know that the workers are affected by this labor issue, we should also understand that the companies are also affected, so we should work together,” he added. He said the Ceza has suspended the annual increase in rental fees within Peza lots and rationalized the fees and charges that the companies pay.

But while the global financial crisis had affected the country and Cavite, in particular, there were also some gains that most workers were not aware of.

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