Job-creation programme addresses unemployment in the Philippines

To help people displaced by the pandemic, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has launched a job-creation programme.
By: | December 9, 2021

The Assistance to Youth and Unemployed for Development and Advancement (AYUDA) programme aims to help address unemployment through the government’s massive Build, Build, Build programme, said DPWH secretary Roger Mercado at the launch of the programme.

The programme was launched simultaneously at all DPWH regional and district engineering offices nationwide.

“AYUDA was launched so that we can maximise our Build, Build, Build Program by hiring unemployed youth and those who lost their jobs, allowing our kababayans (countrymen) to recover from COVID-19 and at the same time contribute to our public infrastructure development nationwide,” Mercado said.

He added, “The goal is to at least hire one member per household to guarantee food on the table of Filipino households that are struggling to make ends meet.”

Workers hired under the programme will be part of the DPWH maintenance workforce responsible for ensuring cleanliness and obstruction-free roads through street sweeping, cleaning of street signs, hauling waste materials, and painting of concrete barriers.

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These activities complement the DPWH’s comprehensive project cycle which does not end upon the completion of infrastructure projects but also covers their upkeep and maintenance.

Employment certifications will be issued to beneficiaries which they may use for future employment, according to Philippine News Agency.