Government releases P5.5-M for emergency employment, livelihood in typhoon-hit areas

December 11, 2012 11:24 pm 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Dec. 11 — Malacanang Tuesday announced the Dept. of Labor and Employment has ordered the release of P5.5 million for emergency employment and livelihood for displaced workers in typhoon-hit Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

"More humanitarian efforts are pouring into areas hardest-hit by the recent calamity. The Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz ordered the release of an initial P5.5 million for emergency employment and livelihood for displaced workers," said Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a statement.

Lacierda said P5 million will be given for those in Compostela Valley, while P500,000 is allotted for those in the Caraga Region.

With regard to the search and rescue operations in the affected areas, he said the three fishermen from a capsized boats off the coast of Davao Oriental and were rescued Monday are now undergoing medical treatment.

"According to a report from Secretary of Transportation and Communications Jun Abaya, the fishermen were rescued by a fishing vessel, Lady Gelaine, yesterday and subsequently fetched by a vessel manned by the Philippine Coast Guard that ferried them to Mati City. Peter Madlasi, Dennis Cudilla, and Rene Maulas are now in the provincial hospital of Davao Oriental," he said.

The three PCG-manned vessels that comprise the search and rescue task force will just refuel at Mati City and will continue search and rescue operations thereafter, he added.

On the other hand, Lacierda said, the Eastern Mindanao Command led by Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia continues to coordinate inland, maritime, and aerial search and rescue operations.

"They (Eastmincom) are also helping immensely with the logistics and movement of relief goods," he said.

"Once again, we call on our countrymen to be of service to those affected by Typhoon 'Pablo' and give generously to organizations helping our brethren in the south," he added. (PNA)

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