From floods to earthquakes, the past year has been a hard one for Filipinos. The aftermath of these natural disasters saw casualties and families displaced, with many still living in the evacuation centers. One such disaster is the magnitude 4.5 earthquake that shook Sultan Kudarat in December, following the magnitude 6.3 in October.
Starting life all over again after a natural disaster is both emotionally and physically stressful. You try to rebuild and grieve at the same time—with questions of how to meet your basic needs running through your head. Thankfully, for Filipinos, we have the bayanihan culture wherein we support one another in times of distress.
The Good News
To help families in Sultan Kudarat to get back on their feet, the Department of Labor and Employment – Sultan Kudarat Field Office (DOLE-SKFO) will be conducting an emergency employment program to at least 500 workers from the region.
DOLE-SKFO Head Mary Jane Hoksuan said that the beneficiaries will work for 10 days and will receive a 300-peso salary, the prevailing minimum wage in the region.
Recipients of the program will come from the following barangays:
- Libertad, Columbio
- D’Ledesma, Tacurong City
- Kalawag II, Isulan
- Antong, Lutayan
- Daluga, Bagumbayan
- Daladap, Esperanza
- Poblacion, President Quirino
- Lilit, Lambayong
The Help Continues
While this program will serve as a starting point for citizens to get back on their feet, additional help is very much welcome. If you want to lend a helping hand and assist in getting the community back up, you can contact Philippine Red Cross, Gabriela, Gawad Kalinga, or Save the Children Philippines.