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Over 14,000 informal sector workers in Region I to benefit from TUPAD under Bayanihan 2

 

Over 14,000 workers in the informal sector in region I are seen to benefit from the DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay Sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) under RA 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (BAYANIHAN 2). 

DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III issued Department Order No. 219 on October 28 to lay the guidelines for the implementation of TUPAD-BAYANIHAN 2.  

He said the program will cover the self-employed with elementary occupations and unpaid family workers such as drivers, vendors, fisherfolk, crop grower, home-based workers and other skill-based workers.  It shall, however, prioritize informal sector workers who applied on or before April 30, 2020 but were not assisted under the TUPAD Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko (#BKBK) Disinfection/Sanitation Project and TUPAD as post-enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) intervention. 

Citing reports from the field, Director Lacambra said the DOLE-RO I targets to roll out around P86,609,854 total funds to provide temporary employment to covered WIS who are among the most vulnerable to the economic downturn brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Among the targeted beneficiaries are vendors, tricycle drivers, transport workers, crop growers, livestock workers and fisherfolk from the different towns of the region’s four provinces. 

Per guidelines, the TUPAD workers will be engaged for 16 days mostly in the sanitation or disinfection of their communities and public facilities. To reduce the possible exposure of the beneficiaries to COVID-19, they will be working for four hours a day only.  But they will still be receiving P340 daily which is the highest prevailing minimum wage rate in the region.  

The projects 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 wages, the beneficiaries will also be provided with personal protective equipment (PPEs), group personal accident insurance and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) orientation through the distribution of leaflets. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Field Office LIOs

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2020-11-25
RD Nat V. Lacambra
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