Thursday, November 8, 2018

Robredo urge PRRD admin to provide jobs for displaced workers in Boracay: Akala ko wala nang problema



Vice President Leni Robredo | Photo TAC

Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday has urged President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration to provide jobs opportunities for the displaced workers of Boracay island.

Robredo set foot in Caticlan in Malay, Aklan to speak at the Ugyon Pamatan-on Leadership Summit then she proceeded to Batan town in the province for the women’s month culminating activity of the Batan Rural Improvement Club.

VP suggestion.

She pointed that since the island was closed for rehabilitation a lot of workers in the island lost their jobs and now that Boracay is now open for tourists, she had thought the problem has ended, but stressed that the island rehabilitation has resulted to scarcity of opportunities to workers due to reduction of allowed tour guides, decreased number of accredited hotels, and the banning of vendors and fire dancers along the white sand beaches.

Boracay Island | Photo from Philstar

"Ngayon bukas na iyong Boracay, akala ko nga wala nang problema, pero ang report dito, parang hindi na na-accommodate lahat na dati doon nagtatrabaho," she said

"So sana magkaroon ng programa, na gawan ng paraan na iyong hindi na ma-a-accommodate, makahanap ng alternative means of livelihood, sa tulong ng pamahalaan." she added.


Lack of funds in OVP.

She also said that the Office of the Vice President will help but has noted its limitation due to lack of funds as they are only relying on the help of the private sectors.

Robredo further, that government agencies like DSWD to provide not only a temporary assistance but an "alternative means of livelihood."

"So dependent din kami sa private sector help. Pero sana, halimbawa DSWD, magkaroon hindi lang pagbigay ng pansamantala, pero pag-aralan talaga paano sila makakahanap ng alternative means of livelihood."

"Very promising naman iyong Boracay kasi ang daming turista, so kung hindi puwedeng tour guide, ano ba iyong puwede?" she added.

She also emphasized the importance of finding jobs for the local workers as she said many of them were affected in the island rehabilitation considering that the closure from April until the reopening last October 26 coincided with the enrollment of students in school.

“Kailangan seryosohin, kasi nagkukuwento nga sila na apektado pati pag-aaral ng mga anak, kasi na-timing iyong closure…April iyong closure, pasukan ng June, maraming naapektuhan na hindi naasikaso iyong pag-enrol ng mga anak. Kasi ito [‘yung mga] day-to-day iyong pag-asa sa kita nila. So iyon ang panawagan natin. Sana sa lalong madaling panahon, maasikaso,” Robredo added.

Denied entry.

In a chance interview, Robredo said her team from the OVP attempted to visit the island during its six-month closure to determine how her office can help its displaced workers, but was denied entry.

“Iyong three months ago, ang sadya sana namin, habang nakasara pa siya, at least mayroon nang pangsumpay sa buhay, ‘di ba? Kaya lang… hindi natuloy noon,”

“Hindi sila nakapasok. Iyon iyong height yata ng rehabilitation. Baka hindi nagkaintindihan. Kasi iyong sadya sana namin hanapin iyong mga natamaan, hanapin iyong mga natamaan para malaman kung paano matutulungan,” she added.

Boracay Rehabilitation security | Photo from scoopnest.

Based on government records, there were 15,000 hotel rooms in Boracay prior to its closure for rehabilitation. When it reopened on October 26, the available hotel rooms in Boracay had been reduced to 5,000.

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Source: GMA News, Manila Bulletin