65 retrench workers from MEPZ receive cash aid, food packs from DSWD-7

Others to also get their share soon

By: Futch Anthony Inso - CDNDigital Correspondent | October 04,2022 - 10:57 AM
A retrenched worker from MEPZ received cash aid and food pack from DSWD-7 officials.

Contributed photo

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu – A total of 65 of the around 4, 000 displaced workers at the Mactan Export Processing Zone (MEPZ) in Lapu-Lapu City received financial assistance and family food packs (FFPs) on Monday afternoon, Oct. 3.

This was confirmed by Kim Francisco, head of the Public Employment Services Office (PESO) in Lapu-Lapu City.

Francisco said each of the 65 workers received cash aid of P5,000 and family food packs from the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Visayas (DSWD-7).

The distribution of the financial assistance and food packs for the other displaced workers will continue today, Oct. 4.

Earlier, the Lapu-Lapu City Council passed an ordinance urging the PESO office to conduct profiling of the displaced workers from MEPZ.

“So far, as of Friday, naa ta’y mga 155 ka mga retrenched workers nga nagparehistro sa atong PESO,” Francisco.

Francisco said after they were informed of the cash aid and food packs from DSWD-7, several others started to crowd the PESO office at City Hall on Monday to register.

“Daghan na kaayo ang nagpa-rehistro kay dako baya gyud ug ikatabang,” Francisco said.

DSWD Undersecretary for Inclusive and Sustainable Peace Alan Tanjusay, DSWD-7 regional director Shalaine Marie Lucero, Assistant Secretary for Visayas Affairs Ma. Evelyn Macapobre and representatives of the Local Government Unit of Lapu-Lapu City led the distribution of the assistance for displaced workers on Monday which was held at the Hoops Dome in Barangay Gun-ob.

In addition, the city government will also be introducing aftercare interventions that will include the conduct of a special job fair on Friday, Oct. 7, at the Island Central Mall in Barangay Ibo in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment and skills training in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), among others.

“Nakigsabot mi unsay mga pwedeng NCII courses sa TESDA nga pwedeng ma-offer nila,” he said.

Francisco said that TESDA plans to open 100 slots for call center training and 25 slots for electronic product assembly and servicing (EPAS). Trainees will be given allowances.

Meanwhile, Francisco expressed confidence that the retrenchment of the around 4, 000 MEPZ employees was only “temporary” since the work that they do was also “seasonal.”

“Kaning mga sitwasyona, temporary ra gyud ni siya, in fact kaning mga kompaniyaha kay sama man gud seasonal ba. Naay mga panahon nga mag-downsize gyud sila to keep the company afloat. In coming months mokalit rapod na sila ug padako sa ilang manpower,” he said.


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