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Employment News

DOLE to Help Workers Affected by Two-Year Tuna Ban


Date Posted: Mar 14, 2010

Thousands of fishermen and workers in General Santos City feared to lose jobs as two-year ban against overfishing of tuna in the Pacific Ocean has been imposed.

 

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that the government is ready to assist and provide interventions to both trade players and workers affected by the banning.

 

Labor secretary Marianito Roque has given orders ro the Industry Tripartite Council (ITC) Fishing Industry last February 15 to determine possible options and impact of the two-year banning in the areas of the Pacific Ocean where tuna fishing is most prevalent.

 

Task Force GENSAN (TFGS) was also created to give assistance to the affected workers in the local tuna industry in General Santos City. Roque has already directed DOLE Regional Office No. 12 in General Santos to set up a one-stop emergency employment centers (EECs) wich includes the coordination with concerned government office like Bureau of Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and local government units (LGUs) and Public Employment Service Office for immediate dispatch of assistance, profiling and data banking of affected workers.

 

The Labor Chief announced the DOLEs activation of two projects for   livelihood and emergency employment and projects under the Tulong Pangkabuhayan Para sa mga Disadvantaged (TUPAD) and Integrated Services for Livelihood Assistance (ISLA) for workers who will experience temporary work loss. 

 

The ban, which started on January 1, 2010 was meant to stop over-fishing, did not exempt purse seine fishing, a technique mostly used by General Santos City-based fishers. Purse seine fishing uses a rope that passes through all the rings, and when pulled, draws the rings close to one another, preventing the fish from "sounding", or swimming down to escape the net.

 

DOLE also offers employment facilitation services to local and overseas jobs, skills survey, training and scholarships, Diskwento caravan and youth employment under the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) and Kabataan ITO programs.

 

DOLE RO 12 has so far profiled 470 workers directly affected by the tuna fishing ban. There are about 50 local fishing companies in Saranggani and General Santos, 13 of which have licenses to fish in the high seas covered by the purse seine ban.  

 

 

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