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Breaking physical barriers: TUPAD beneficiary stays productive despite disability


For Samuel Carrera, ability is greater than any disability. 

The 22-year-old resident of barangay Balwarte, Agoo, La Union was born with Ectrodactyly.  His condition, which is also known as split hand/foot malformation, is characterized by absence or malformation of one or more of the fingers or toes. The disorder has affected both his fingers and toes. 

Despite his condition, Samuel assists his father in fishing and works part-time as rice harvester to earn income for himself and his family. 

In fact, he was among the 149 informal workers from the local government unit of Agoo who were recently engaged by the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I in its Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD).  

A component of the DOLE Livelihood Program, the TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, low-income earners, self-employed and those who have lost their livelihood due to natural disasters or calamities. 

Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra bared that the DOLE-RO I disbursed P498,605 worth of assistance for the salaries, micro-insurance premiums and personal protective equipment (PPE) of the beneficiaries.  

The TUPAD workers were involved in the clean-up drive of the LGU for 10 days as part of its eco-tourism promotion.  They helped in the cleaning and clearing of barangay roads and declogging or desiltation of canals.  

The DOLE-RO I, through its La Union Field Office headed by Veronica Corsino, distributed on July 12 the workers’ salaries amounting to P3,100. The activity was graced by Congresswoman Sandra Eriguel, Mayor Stefanie Ann Eriguel and PESO Manager Gloria Joycelyn Aberin. 

“We take delight in providing emergency employment to our vulnerable workers, but find even greater fulfillment in knowing that our TUPAD served as an opportunity for a PWD like Samuel to be more productive and earn additional income,” Director Lacambra said. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Fredderick Gaerlan, DOLE-LUFO

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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