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Philippines. Government steps up emergency employment in response to Typhoon Hagupit




The Philippines, an archipelago nation in the Pacific Ocean, is one of the countries in the world most affected by natural disasters. On average, 20 typhoons strike the country every year. Typhoon Hagupit made landfall in the Philippines on 6 December 2014, causing a million people to be evacuated, while destroying sizable infrastructure and property. The government was better prepared this year and put into place swift evacuation responses, thereby helping to save many people from injury and death.

In the aftermath of the typhoon, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is working with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), ILO, and other government agencies to implement the Emergency Employment Program. The Program provides alternate livelihoods to affected people in the wake of the destruction, while helping them to rebuild the community. It also pays them the regional daily minimum wage, and provides health and accident insurance.

Super Typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful typhoon to have ever made landfall anywhere, tore through the central Philippines in November 2013, leaving more than 7,000 people dead.

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10.12.2014 - Loveleen De