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DOLE-RO I, Army partner on TUPAD to counter local insurgency


The DOLE-RO I has disbursed  P1,089,000 under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD), benefitting 300 workers from five LGUs in the second district of Ilocos Sur.

The beneficiaries are from the City of Candon and towns of Sta. Lucia, Salcedo and Sta. Cruz, which are all considered areas affected by the Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) as identified by the Philippine Army’s 81st Infantry (SPARTAN) Battalion 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Division in Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur. 

On September 17, the DOLE-Ilocos Sur Field Office led by Emmanuel Hagad, awarded the salaries at the Salcedo Gymnasium for workers from Galimuyod and Salcedo, and at the Candon City Farmers Hall for those from Sta. Lucia, Sta. Cruz and Candon City. Salcedo Mayor Leopoldo Gironilla, Jr.,  Candon City Sangguniang Panlungsod Godofredo Abero and Major Sagersanti Estrada, Battalion Executive Officer, were present during the awarding ceremonies. 

By virtue of Executive Order No. 70 issued by President Duterte on December 4, 2018, the DOLE and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are among the members of the National Task Force mandated to carry out the whole-of-nation approach in attaining inclusive and sustainable peace.  The approach calls for the harmonization of the delivery of basic services and social development packages in conflict-affected areas and vulnerable communities, social inclusivity and participation of all sectors of the society in the government’s peace agenda.

Identification of beneficiaries was done through the survey under the Community Support Program (CSP) of the Philippine Army.  CSP teams were dispatched in different barangays in the 2nd district of Ilocos Sur to determine prevalent problems and appropriate interventions, as well as strengthen barangay-based institutions to ensure sustainability of initiatives.

Problems identified during the survey were poverty, unemployment and lack of knowledge on government programs and services.

Residents of the covered barangays were given livelihood seminars and trainings by the LGUs and concerned agencies.

Under the TUPAD, the beneficiaries were engaged in the cleaning of road sides, declogging of canals and cleaning of surroundings in the selected barangays for 10 days as part of the “Clean and Green” program of the covered LGUs and “Oplan Taob” of the DOH.

According to DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra, the TUPAD provides not only a source of income for the beneficiaries, but also the opportunity to productively contribute in improving their respective communities.

“Countering terrorism or insurgency entails going down to the underlying causes of the problem.  We should educate people about government efforts and make them feel that they are cared for by way of life-enhancing interventions,” Director Lacambra said. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Sherwin Keith Abalos, DOLE-ISFO

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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