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DOLE Releases P25.3M for TUPAD in Ilocos Sur

Displaced and disadvantaged workers from five towns in Ilocos Sur will benefit from emergency employment to be rolled out by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office 1, in partnership with respective Municipal Local Government Units (LGUs) this July 2021. 
 
This, after the DOLE RO1 released checks for the implementation of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) Program in the towns of Caoayan, Sinait, Magsingal, San Juan, and Suyo.
 
DOLE ROI Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos, along with Ilocos Sur Field Office headed by OIC Mary Antonette Avila, facilitated the turnover of TUPAD checks to LGU Caoayan amounting to P 9,999,400; LGU Sinait with P 6,310,400; LGU Magsingal with P 3, 046,400; and LGU San Juan with P 3, 002, 880 on June 29, 2021; and to LGU Suyo with P 3, 002,880 on June 30, 2021. 
 
Said amount will be distributed as wages to 6,461 low-income and marginalized workers, after they complete the required days of labor services which include coastal and river clean- up; barangay cleaning and greening; and, community disinfection and sanitation.
 
There are 552 workers in San Juan, 560 in Magsingal, and 552 in Suyo; each of them shall receive P5,440 after their 16-day service. The 2,941 workers in Caoayan and 1,856 in Sinait, on the other, shall each receive P3,400 upon completion of 10-day work. 
 
Joining DOLE in the turnover ceremonies were Probinsyano Ako Party List Representative Jose Bonito Singson Jr.  and local officials namely Caoayan Mayor Germelina S.  Goulart, Sinait Mayor Shee-an Guzman, Suyo Mayor Mario B. Subagan, and municipal councillors in San Juan and Magsingal. Some barangay officials were also present. 
 
The Municipal LGUs will cover the expenses for their respective TUPAD workers’ personal protective equipment like long-sleeved shirts, gloves and hats; and their enrolment to micro-insurance for their protection while they go out in the field to work. 
 
END/Justin Paul Marbella and Sherwin Abalos.  
 
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2021-07-02
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