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“Salamat sa TUPAD, wala nang baha.”

Such was the short message of relief from Avelina Flores, 51 years old and a mother of six from barangay San Juan East, Aringay, La Union. 

Avelina was among the 98 marginalized and landless farmers from the said town’s Macabato and San Juan East who benefited from the Department of Labor and Employment’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para Sa Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD). 

The TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed, and unemployed poor, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed. 

Barangays Macabato and San Juan East are prone to flood and landslide, owing to their proximity to a river. 

Avelina, also a part-time laundry woman, recounted how many opportunities to earn were wasted every time flooding occurred due to the swollen body of water.  Whenever the river overflowed, residents were forced to remain in their houses, she said. 

Through the DOLE-Regional Office I’s TUPAD, the situation has been addressed. 

The TUPAD workers were involved in the riprapping of the river banks, clearing and cleaning of road and irrigation canals, tree planting, digging of garbage pit, establishment of nursery and vegetable garden and pruning of fruit-bearing trees. 

On February 2, the DOLE-RO I, through its La Union Field Office headed by Agnes Aguinaldo, released the salaries totaling P298,510 to the workers.  Each worker received P2,800 for working for 10 days. 

“We are truly thankful for the TUPAD because through it, we were able to do something about our problem,” Avelina said during the awarding of their salaries. 

Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra bared that last year, the TUPAD was able to assist 19,601workers in Region 1 with corresponding P71,317,767 disbursements.   

 

He said the DOLE-RO I will continue facilitating the implementation of the program to provide more income opportunities to targeted workers and help communities in carrying out small but truly beneficial projects.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez, with report from Eric Gaerlan, DOLE-LUFO

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2018-02-08
RD Nat V. Lacambra
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