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Over 21-K informal sector workers benefit from DOLE-RO I TUPAD during COVID pandemic

 

In an effort to cushion workers in the informal sector (WIS) against the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DOLE-RO I released P73,355,000 under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or TUPAD.

DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said P38,253,400 from the said amount was disbursed for the TUPAD #Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko (TUPAD #BKBK), benefitting some 11,251workers during the Luzonwide Enhanced Community Quarantine and General Community Quarantine.  

The remaining P35,101,600 will be utilized for the implementation of Enhanced TUPAD, or as post-COVID measure, for 10,108 workers in the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Eastern Pangasinan.

“Our aim in providing temporary employment is to protect our most vulnerable workers during this very difficult situation where job or income losses are inevitable,” Director Lacambra said. 

He said the TUPAD helped in the sanitation of communities and provided a source of income to the beneficiaries while the entire world is reeling from the pandemic. 

The imposition of community quarantine upon the entire country has prompted businesses to resort to temporary closure or flexible work arrangements, affecting millions of workers. 

The projects were implemented or will be implemented in partnership with local government units which are in charge of the identification of beneficiaries and supervision of project implementation. 

TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be done.  

Aside from the salaries, the beneficiaries were also provided with personal protective equipment (PPEs) and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) orientation through the distribution of leaflets. 

Unlike the COVID-19 Adjustment Measure Program (CAMP) which was for workers in the formal sector, the TUPAD caters to those in the informal economy like ambulant vendors, landless farmers, fisherfolk, tricycle and jeepney drivers, among others.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Jeridee Orate, DOLE-TSSD

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2020-06-08
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