2,000 Boracay IPs to get jobs under DOLE emergency employment program

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) — Thousands of informal and indigenous peoples (IPs) working on Boracay will be given jobs once the six-month shutdown is enforced.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello told CNN Philippines Sunday, the agency will roll out an emergency employment program where 5,000 workers would be hired to assist in the cleanup of the island as well as some office work.

Of that number, 2,000 slots will be for members of the Ati tribe, considered as the first inhabitants of Boracay.

"Basically ang magiging trabaho nila ay paglilinis ng Boracay...'Yung paglilinis ng beach, tulad ng roads, paglilinis ng sewage system and other jobs," Bello said.

[Translation: Basically they will be cleaning Boracay -- the beach, the roads, the sewer lines -- and other jobs.]

He said the Departments of Social Welfare and Development, Interior and Local Government, Public Works and Highways, and the Commission on Higher Education are also coming up with their own program to address the problems of the displaced workers.

Bello added possible employment of skilled workers and non-Boracay residents will be addressed by other agencies.

On March 22, Tourism Congress of the Philippines President Jojo Clemente said around 36,000 people may lose their jobs when Boracay closes.

Boracay's six-month closure is set to start on April 26, weeks after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a shutdown due to pollution problems.

READ: Saving Boracay: Timeline, what to expect