COTABATO CITY—A total of 253 beneficiaries under the Community Emergency Employment Program (CEEP) and 110 Government Internship Program (GIP) received their financial assistance from the Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE) on Thursday, July 14, 2022 in Jolo, Sulu.
The event was conducted by the ministry’s Bureau of Employment, Promotion and Welfare (BEPW).
Under MOLE’s CEEP, each informal worker received Php4,500.00 for their 15-day service. The program was funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by MOLE, in partnership with the International Labor Organization, which aims to provide emergency employment with social protection to workers.
Meanwhile, beneficiaries under GIP received Php14,850.00 each equivalent to their 3-month salaries. Through this program, the interns were deployed in different field offices of the BARMM Ministries and barangay offices in Sulu.
MOLE- BEPW Director Sara Jane Sinsuat said due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, many of our countrymen have severely affected their livelihoods and the Bangsamoro government continues to seek in providing interventions on this matter.
“Kahit papaano ay nagkaroon sila [beneficiaries] ng income dahil malimit lang ang mga opportunities dala ng Covid-19 pandemic at marami rin sa mga kababayan natin na mahirap makahanap ng trabaho ngayon,” she said in a phone interview.
“Ang CEEP ay isang program na kung saan ang ating mga beneficiaries ay nagtatrabaho sa mga komunidad gaya ng Madrasah [Islamic School], Masjid [Mosque], roads, mga canals at kalsada ng mga barangays,” she added.
Further, Director Sinsuat said barangay officials thanked the MOLE-BARMM government because CEEP has helped them in maintaining the cleanliness and orderliness of their communities.
“Sana ang kanilang mga natutunan sa MOLE at iba pang establishment and ministries ay magamit nila sa kanilang mga trabaho and I’m hoping that they will also get some trainings,” she said.
Aside from the said two programs, MOLE-BEPW has regularly conducted lectures on career coaching and work ethics to help prepare graduating college students for their careers, choices, and life decisions. (Johaira Sahidala/BIO)