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    Good news for typhoon victims in Phl

    THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Manila said the Sugar Tripartite Council (STC) has approved the release of Sugar Amelioration Program (SAP) Fund worth P14 million for the employment of sugar workers affected by typhoon "Yolanda" in Central Philippines.
    Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz made the announcement on Saturday after Secretary Mario Montejo of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) reported that the government has acquired a super model computer to boost the country’s economic development.
    Typhoon “Yolanda” destroyed Central Philippines, particularly Regions 6, 7 and 8, when it slammed into the country on November 8.
    Baldoz said the emergency employment program was an offshoot of a resolution unanimously approved by members of the STC during its recent meeting at the DOLE central office in Manila.
    Aside from Baldoz, the meeting was also attended by Sugar Regulatory Administration Deputy Administrator Aida Ignacio of the government sector; Atty. Orlando Aquino and Atty. Augusto Araneta Jr., planter sector; Atty. Custodio Parlade and Renato Cabati, miller sector; Atty. Zoilo Dela Cruz and Melliemoore Saycon, field workers; and Gerard Seno and Rupert Bragado, mill workers.
    "I am happy that the Sugar Tripartite Council is fast to respond to the need for sugar workers to stand up again on their own. The emergency employment program is a post-calamity strategy that provides income support to calamity victims," said Baldoz, who is also the chairperson of the STC.
    The DOLE chief said the P14-million fund will be sourced out from the Socio-economic Project Fund (SEPF) of the SAP -- P4 million -- and the balance of P10 million from the Sugar Workers' Fund.
    "The employment/livelihood and income of sugar workers in these affected sugar milling districts have suffered because of the stoppage in milling operation and farming activities, not to mention losses in personal properties of the workers," the STC said.
    The STC also said it has found the emergency employment project proposed by the DOLE's Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns acceptable as it will provide affected sugar workers with alternative employment and income to meet their basic food requirements during the calamity situation.

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