Labour Dept road trip to bring services to rural communities

Awang Raduan showing the route which the GRAP team will take to reach out to communities in seven locations along the coastal areas of Sarawak.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Sept 9: The Sarawak Labour Department will embark on a five-day Go Rural Area Programme (GRAP), beginning Sept 11, to reach out to and bring their services directly to rural communities constrained by Covid-19 measures.

Its director Awang Raduan Awang Omar revealed that this is the department’s first outreach initiative for the year and aims to deliver continuous services to communities living on the outskirts and rural areas of Sarawak.

“In this difficult period, people cannot come to us so we will go to them.

“Our team with seven vehicles will be in a convoy together with teams from other agencies and departments under the Human Resource Ministry including Social Security Organisation (Socso), Skills Development Fund Corporation and many more,” he told a press conference held at the department’s office here today.

The convoy, he added, will cover 476km and make seven stops along coastal areas in Sarawak.

Map showing the of the Labour Department’s GRAP convoy which will be on the road Sept 11-15.

Activities planned for the programme include career carnivals, open interviews, services counters by participating departments and agencies, registration for MyFutureJobs, lucky draws, various talks and health screenings.

“As such, we encourage people who are looking for jobs to attend the open interviews to be conducted at each of the locations.

“We want to remind them (job seekers) to get ready and bring all the necessary documents including resumes for direct applications,” Awang Raduan urged.

The first leg of the GRAP convoy will be at Sebuyau’s Development Hall on Sept 11 from 8am to 3pm as well as Kampung Kakok Community Hall, Pusa from 10am to 5pm.

On Sept 12, they will be at D’Akasya Homestay, Kabong (8am-5pm). The next stop on Sept 13 is at the Sarikei Innovation Centre, Sarikei (8am-5pm) and Bintangor Community Hall, Bintangor (1pm-5pm). On Sept 14, they will be at Pantai Belawai, Tanjung Manis (10am-12pm).

The GRAP convoy will wrap up the trip at Jerijeg Community Hall, Belawai (8am-2pm).

Awang Raduan Awang Omar

With this initiative, Awang Raduan hoped that the targeted communities will have better access to get all kinds of information and advice needed.

“The department hopes that this programme will give a big impact on local people and the local community can benefit from the involvement of these agencies and departments.

“We invite the local people to come out in droves to support our activities,” he added. — DayakDaily