By Mike U. Crismundo
Surigao City – The regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE 13) yesterday started assessing and validating the employment of displaced workers affected by the closure of mining operations in the provinces of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and the Province of Dinagat Islands (PDI).
In a meeting here, officials of DOLE 13 met with officials of the 13 mining companies affected by the closure order of Environment Secretary Gina Lopez to discuss possible livelihood and emergency employment assistance to the affected workers..
Lopez had earlier ordered the closure of these 13 mining companies on alleged violation of mining and environmental laws.
“The purpose of this meeting is to find solutions on how the government can also help displaced workers,” DOLE 13 Regional Director Evelyn R. Ramos said.
She said the regional office of DOLE 13 was ordered by Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III to assess and validate what possible of livelihood and emergency employment assistance could be given to the displaced workers.
There are 20, 589 workers, including 9, 615 workers who were under contracting or subcontracting arrangements, directly affected by the shut down of operations in the 13 mining firms in the Surigao provinces and PDI.