ILOILO, Mar 28 (PNA)-–A total of 1, 623 “Yolanda”-affected victims across Western Visayas have benefited from the emergency employment program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 6.

According to DOLE-6 Assistant Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, they have released a total of P7, 072, 912. 80 from the very start of the implementation of the program early December after super typhoon “Yolanda” hit parts of the region until the later part of the said month last year.

Out of the total amount, P1, 670, 167. 80 was funded by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and was released to 366 beneficiaries from Negros Occidental.

If broken down, P1, 928, 640 was released for Iloilo’s 448 beneficiaries; P921, 240 for Aklan with 216 beneficiaries; P464, 940 for Antique with 108 beneficiaries; P1, 515, 360 for Capiz with 352 beneficiaries and P572, 656 for Negros Occidental with 133 beneficiaries.

Siaton said each beneficiary received P287 minimum wage per day.

Aside from the releases last year, Siaton said DOLE has pending amount of P1, 475, 230 which is up also for releasing for the municipality of Pandan in Antique and Concepcion town in Iloilo, still under the emergency employment program.

She said the amount is funded by a non-government organization “Save the Children”.

Siaton said once the process is done, the funding may be released by April.

She said P513, 890 will be released to 118 beneficiaries from Pandan and P961, 340 for Concepcion with 125 beneficiaries.(PNA)