ARMM hires 800 youths for ‘Oplan Linis Bayan’
24 April 2014
Cotabato City – At least 800 students and out-of-school youths in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be hired in the Oplan Linis Bayan summer job program of the region’s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) this year.
Emil Sadain, ARMM public works secretary, said aside from giving employment to youths this summer, the program is intended to help promote community involvement in keeping roads and other public infrastructures clean and free from obstruction.
Sadain said they have doubled the number of beneficiaries for the entire region this year to 800 from 400 in 2013.
He said summer jobbers will work in batches for 15 days and receive a salary corresponding to the region’s approved minimum wage of P250 per day.
“They will help regular employees of the agency in cleaning streets and major roads,” Sadain said.
OIplan Linis Bayan simultaneously kicked off Wednesday in different parts of the region.
Accountancy student Ferdaza Mustapha, 18, said she is “excited to work” and plans to use her salary to buy books she needs this coming school year.
“I don’t mind if people will see me street sweeping. I like to earn this summer and, at the same time, help keep our communities clean,” she said.
DPWH-ARMM has allotted 100 slots for each engineering district in the region with 60 slots for students and 40 slots for out-of-school youths. The agency also hopes that at least 30 percent of the total beneficiaries are female in keeping with the Gender and Development (GAD) code of ARMM. (Bureau of Public Information)