Employment of victims of calamities pressed

BAGUIO CITY  – The City Council approved a resolution encouraging all business establishments conducting and operating their businesses in the city, including those in the identified special economic zones, to employ the victims of calamities in the city and the Baguio-La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba-Tublay (BLISTT) area.

The resolution authored by Councilor Leandro B. Yangot, Jr. states that every now and then, corporations, partnerships and business establishments, whether domestic or foreign, which have business operations in the city conduct their corporate social responsibility or the obligation to consider the interest of society, thus, the active participation by the private sector is encouraged considering that the workers are skilled, resilient and possess potential and share will to go to work.

The resolution points out that several typhoon victims who are residents of the BLISTT and the city cannot always rely on donations to sustain their daily needs, thus, the partnership between the local government and business establishments in employing residents from the BLISTT and the city who were victims of the Typhoon Ompong will open doors of opportunity and will encourage the victims and their families to start a new life right away.

Earlier, the BLISTT, the city and other parts of the Cordillera Administrative Region are still recovering from the deadly landslides killed some residents during the typhoon.

The resolution cites the record-breaking rains dumped by the weather disturbance also resulted to the displacement of a number of workers and residents from their previous jobs and sources of livelihood.

The approved resolution will be furnished the Department of Labor and Employment–Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR), and other concerned government agencies responsible in providing adequate sources of livelihood for the residents for their information and appropriate action.

The resolution notes that the workers who were earlier displaced from their previous employment possess sufficient knowledge and skills that suit the growing demand for jobs of local businesses, including those located within economic zones, and it is also best for the said employers to prioritize the employment of the victims of calamities for them to regain sources of livelihood.

Yangot underscored it is important for the concerned businesses to have compassion for the victims of calamities, particularly those displaced by Typhoon Ompong.

He said that it is important for businesses to employ potential resilient workers from the calamity victims because they will surely work for the greater interest of the businesses that provided them the needed source of livelihood.

By Dexter A. See

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