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The Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) took its share of intervention in implementing the Yolanda Rehabilitation Recovery Program, as Ms. Luz Rosas acted as a resource speaker on the financial aspect of business planning in a workshop held on 19-20 June 2014 at Darayonan Lodge, Coron, Palawan.

Composing the 40 participants are members of Local Government Units (LGUs) of Palawan, Coron, Culion, Busuanga, members of workers organizations and cooperatives, women workers and PESO managers.

The Business Planning Writeshop is a series of events being conducted for a period of three (3) months by the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) under its Department of Labor and Employment Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Programs (DILEEP). This event was a result of the consultations done by the Workers Welfare and Social Welfare, and the Social Protection Cluster held on 12-13 May 2014 at The Lake Hotel, Tagaytay City.

The objective of the DILEEP is to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce vulnerability to risks of the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers through emergency employment and promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises. The guidelines are embodied with the issuance of DOLE Department Order No. 137, series of 2014. DILEEP has two components: (1) Kabuhayan, or livelihood; and (2) Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) or emergency employment. The Guidelines spells out the simple, step-by-step procedures in accessing both the Kabuhayan and Tupad and the action process and timelines on availment applications. It also provides the detailed requirements for accreditation of co-partners.

The Business Planning Writeshop conducted in Palawan is just a first-step, series fo activities are being formulated by the Department and other concerned agencies to fast-track the implementation of the Yolanda Rehabilitation Recovery Program.