COTABATO CITY—Labor and Employment (MOLE) Minister Romeo K. Sema led the pilot implementation of Community Emergency Employment Program (CEEP) on Tuesday.
The CEEP is funded by the Government of Japan in Cotabato City in partnership with International Labor Organization (ILO).
“One of Chief Minister Ahod ‘Al Haj Murad’ Ebrahim’s programs in his 12-point agenda is to promote employment,” said Minister Sema.
The program plans to employ a total of 450 informal workers from Barangays Poblacion 2, 3, 8, 9, Rosary Heights 1, 7, 10, and Bagua 1.
ILO Project Manager Jenn Aguinaldo explained that CEEP prioritizes on the needy and supports equal opportunity. Hired community workers will be on a 15 working days contract and compensated on a minimum wage approved by MOLE.
“Hindi lang ito magbibigay ng trabaho sa inyo kundi magbibigay din ito ng tinatawag nating social protection kaya meron tayong representatives dito ng (SSS), Philhealth at Philippine Red Cross,” Aguinaldo added.
Community workers under CEEP will be enrolled to SSS, Philhealth and Philippine Red Cross as additional benefits.
The Government Internship Program of MOLE will also supervise the implementation of the program and ensure guidelines are observed.
Former Councilor Datu Sukarno Sema, representing Barangay Chairperson Bai Sela D. Sema, Philippine Red Cross representatives Ms. Bely V. Sorilla and Mr. Misuari A. Kasan, and SSS Social Analyst Shahara Tassnym K. Magerna were among the officials who joined the activity.
Fifty (50) informal workers in Barangay Poblacion 8 and 9 in Cotabato City also received personal protective equipment, hand tools/cleaning tools, first aid kit, thermal scanner and hand washing facility during the launching activity. (Bureau of Public Information)