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DOLE TUPAD Greens Communities in Ilocos

In its mandate to promote gainful employment opportunities, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office 1 is also committed to support environmental programs that aim to intensify greening and re-forestation in communities.

 

This commitment by DOLE RO1 is underscored as the nation celebrates the Philippine Arbor Day on June 25, 2021.

 

Through DOLE’s flagship program, the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) Program, low-income workers all over Ilocandia are being tapped to become agents in greening, gardening, and beautification initiatives in various communities in the region.

 

Through the TUPAD, the DOLE rolls out agro-forestry projects where informal workers render cash-for-work services ranging from tree and mangrove planting, seed preparation, group re-forestation, community gardening in public facilities, and clean-up and beautification in tourist spots.

 

“With the TUPAD Agro-Forestry Projects, the DOLE does not only provide emergency employment to low-income and marginalized workers, but we also contribute in our nation’s agenda on environmental sustainability,” said DOLE RO1 Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos.

 

“This is our way to help alleviate the effects of global warming and climate change,” RD Ramos said.

 

For the first semester of 2021 alone, the DOLE RO1 has already disbursed the total amount of P 106,577,179.00 for TUPAD’s Agro-Forestry Projects.

 

The amount served to fund the wages of the informal workers who were hired to plant trees and vegetables, beautify roadsides, and maintain cleanliness and sanitation in the communities. The amount also covered the provision of PPEs and micro-insurance to the workers.

 

A total of 20, 645 informal workers participated in the 104 TUPAD Agro-Forestry projects in Region 1 from January to June 2021. Of this number, 3,036 are informal workers from Ilocos Norte, 3,551 from Ilocos Sur, 2,695 in La Union, and 11,363 from Pangasinan.

 


A component of the DOLE Livelihood Program, the TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced/seasonal workers, low-income earners, self-employed and those who have lost their livelihood due to natural disasters or calamities, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. They provide labor services for 10 to 30 days. END/Justin Paul Marbella.




 

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2021-06-25
RD Evelyn R. Ramos
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