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As DOLE turns 87, DOLE-RO I awards over P2-M TUPAD aid to workers in La Union and Dagupan City


The DOLE-Regional Office I awarded over P2 million total wages to 369 beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) in La Union and Dagupan City yesterday in line with the celebration of the 87th DOLE founding anniversary. 

Carrying this year’s theme: “Bayanihang Pagtugon sa Hamon ng Bagong Panahon”, Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra led the awarding of P1,196,800 assistance to 220 informal sector workers in Dagupan City; while Assistant RD Honorina Baga spearheaded the event in the City of San Fernando, La Union where 149 TUPAD beneficiaries received P810,560 total wages. 

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

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

“Salamat at muli ay binigyan niyo na naman kami ng pagkakataong pagsilbihan kayo (Thank you for giving us another opportunity to serve you),” Director Lacambra told participants at the Dagupan City awarding ceremony. 

The TUPAD beneficiaries were among the more than 14,000 workers in the informal sector in region I seen to benefit from the TUPAD under RA 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (BAYANIHAN 2). 

Covered under the program are 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. 

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.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Fredderick Gaerlan, DOLE-LUFO and Panfilo Dioquino, Jr., DOLE-CPFO

RD Evelyn R. Ramos
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