Ilocos Norte to initiate “Saguip Manggagawa Program”; acts on unemployment crisis

LAOAG CITY — To address the impact of work displacement in the province due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN), through the Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO), will start accepting applicants for the “Saguip Manggagawa Program” (SMP) on Wednesday, April 29.

A total of 500 beneficiaries who will be working for 10 days under the supervision of their employers, shall receive a salary amounting to P3,400.

SMP, which caters to daily wage earners in Ilocos Norte is a “Pay Now, Work Later” scheme, that aims to provide assistance to workers from the various qualified Non-Essential Micro Enterprises who are immensely affected by the suspension of work, including employers who are dependent on the services that were put on hold.

Among the qualified micro enterprises are trading, merchandising and retail (e.g ready-to-wear and apparel store), food business (e.g canteen, carinderia, and catering services), graphic design business (e.g t-shirt printing, photography and photo editing), franchised business (e.g food cart and food kiosks business), barber shop and beauty salon), education business (e.g tutorial services), and recruitment agency.

Dito sa SMP, ang Provincial Government mismo ang magbibigay ng sahod sa mga employees ng isang business. Magtratrabaho pa rin ang mga employees sa employer nila. Ang maganda rito, SMP gives an assurance to the workers of the job; para maiwasan ang pagtanggal ng mga tauhan sa trabaho. Dahil dito, hindi pwedeng mag-resign ang employee at hindi rin sila pwedeng tanggalin ng employer after six months,” PESO Officer Mrs. Lizette B. Atuan explained.

The Provincial Government also recently implemented several livelihood continuity programs and a cash-for-work program for tourism industry and other displaced workers, respectively.

For the guidelines of and queries regarding the Saguip Manggagawa Program, contact the Provincial Employment Service at email address: [email protected]