DOLE sets P200M ‘endo’ fund to help displaced workers

The government has allocated an initial P200 Million for workers who will be displaced as a result of the campaign against illegal contractualization practices, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III announced over the weekend. He said the amount will provide for livelihood assistance and skills training for affected workers. "As we intensify the campaign to end illegal contractualization thus putting an end to endo, the government is prepared to help our workers who will be displaced in the process," Bello said. About 250, 000 workers are believed employed under the 'endo' scheme that circumvents the law mandating employers to regularize workers. Bello said the labor department will provide affected workers with livelihood assistance so that they could have alternative source of income, while skills training will be given to those who would want to upgrade their competencies for other jobs. He added that the department has readied a package of services that will enable the target beneficiaries to start quickly a livelihood enterprise and become self-employed. "The livelihood assistance is aimed at helping the displaced worker to have a sustainable self-employment through easy to learn livelihood undertakings," Bello said. He also said that DOLE will also provide workers who will avail of the livelihood assistance with trainings on business management, entrepreneurship and production skills to help them manage their business. The skills training, on the other hand, will be provided by the Technical Education and skills Development Authority (TESDA). "TESDA has a menu of short courses which the displaced workers can avail of. Skills upgrading can help them look for other income sources," Bello added.

Source: Philippine Information Agency