A total of 121, 791 displaced and disadvantaged workers in Region 1 benefited from the emergency employment program called Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) for the first semester of 2022, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1 (DOLE RO1) reports.

DOLE Regional Director Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos said the office has disbursed the total amount of P 523, 328, 504.00 for the implementation of TUPAD, which includes wages for the workers, and procurement for their PPEs and insurance coverages. Also part of the disbursement are administrative costs and salaries for TUPAD coordinators.

The TUPAD beneficiaries rendered 10-15 days of community work in their immediate barangays, such as cleaning and disinfection, and greening and tree-planting activities.

For this semester, most of the TUPAD beneficiaries were from Ilocos Sur with 44,154 workers, followed by Ilocos Norte with 19, 642. La Union noted 18,046 TUPAD beneficiaries. In Pangasinan, there were 15,654 beneficiaries for District 5-6; 13, 518 for Districts 1-2; and 10,777 for Districts 3-4; with a total of 39,949 for the whole province.

Each TUPAD worker received a daily wage rate of P340, for projects approved before June 6, 2022. Meanwhile, TUPAD projects approved on June 6, 2022 onwards granted a daily wage rate of P370 for each emergency worker, in consonance to the Wage Order RB1-21, which provided for the increase in daily minimum wage rate in Ilocos Region.


Last Updated on July 20, 2022 by Justin Paul Marbella