Surigao del Sur – The Department of Labor and Employment -Surigao del Sur Provincial Office conducted an Orientation on DILEEP and Worker’s Basic Right to returnees last June 22. The activity was spearheaded by the Department of Local and Interior Government-Surigao del Sur. The activity aimed to re-integrate the returnees to the community. Various activities were conducted for them to appreciate life in the fold of the government. Moreover, empowerment, development, and livelihood were the areas given emphasis in the two-day training. The participants came from the municipalities of Cagwait, Lanuza, Tago and San Miguel.

The Department of Labor and Employment, through its provincial office in Surigao del Sur, joined with DILG, DSWD, and TESDA in giving information on the programs and services of the government available for them. DOLE discussed how to access the livelihood assistance through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

Ms. Genebelle B. Bal, Provincial Head, DOLE-Surigao del Sur Provincial Office, said that the Department has sufficient budget allocation to fund the different project proposals that they are going to submit. Moreover, they were informed that the evaluation, processing, and approval of the proposals shall be done at DOLE-Caraga Regional Office and no longer at the Central Office, to expedite the processing of all applications for fund assistance.

“We will coordinate with the LGUs through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) for the assistance needed”, Ms. Bal said.

Moreover, Worker’s Basic Rights was also discussed, in case some of them will be employed in the private establishments. They were informed about their respective rights and privileges and where to go if not given the right benefits. The participants were grateful to the department for the opportunity given to them.

The DILG, being the organizer of the activity was thankful to DOLE for the support and cooperation extended to them. According to the DILG, more activities will be conducted to prepare the participants for their new-found life.