The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1 has immediately rolled out emergency employment in areas affected by the earthquake which hit Northern Luzon morning of July 27, 2022.
Per directive of Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma, DOLE began implementing the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced at Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) today July 28, where emergency workers are now tapped for clearing, cleanup and recycling projects.
In the severely-hit province of Ilocos Sur, 800 TUPAD workers were immediately identified to provide labor in their immediate barangays. They are from Vigan City and seven other towns namely Lidlidda, Sugpon, Caoayan, San Emilio, Salcedo, Galimuyod and Santa Cruz.
“They have started work today, July 28,” said RD Ramos. They shall engage in a 15-day work period which shall end on August 11.
A total amount of P4,666,400 Million has been allotted for TUPAD implementation in Ilocos Sur. This shall be used for the wages of the TUPAD workers, where they receive P370 per day, or a total of P5,500 for the 15-day work.
TUPAD will also be implemented in the other three provinces in the region. The DOLE RO1 field offices are now in coordination with the local government units and other agencies for convergent assistance.
“The TUPAD implementation is only our preliminary action to proactively address the needs of affected communities. We shall accommodate more workers as we continue the profiling in the coming days,” RD Ramos said.
The magnitude 7 earthquake hit areas in Northern Luzon at 8:43am of July 27. While the epicenter was in Abra, nearby Ilocos Provinces experienced the strong tremors, resulting in damages to structures, churches, roads, and tourist sites, particularly in Vigan City.
Last Updated on August 2, 2022 by Justin Paul Marbella