They say the road to excellence begins in schools, and displaced/disadvantaged workers in Ilocos Region believe just that. And so with their labor, they hope to contribute in paving a promising path for young Ilocano learners.

Through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the labor input of these low-income individuals is maximized and harnessed at the Brigada Eskwela of the Department of Education, which commenced August 1.

Here, classrooms, school grounds and other facilities are cleaned, refurnished, repaired, and readied in time for the re-opening of full-time face-to-face classes by November.

“This TUPAD implementation in schools along Brigada Eskwela also serves as DOLE’s recovery and rehabilitation response to the effects of the strong earthquake which hit Northern Luzon last week,” said DOLE Regional Office 1 Director Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos.

“Reportedly, there were classrooms damaged by the magnitude 7 tremor, thus we deployed our TUPAD workers to lend a hand in these light repair works,” she added.

The TUPAD beneficiaries will work for 15 days, after which they shall receive a total wage of P 5,550 each, or P370 per day. The DOLE gave them PPEs and insurance coverage.

In Ilocos Norte, 450 TUPAD workers are now deployed in various schools namely Dingras Elementary School (ES), Bagut ES, and San Marcelino National High School (NHS) all in Dingras town; Ilocos Norte Agricultural College in Pasuquin; and, Nagrebcan ES in Badoc; and, Gabu NHS, RB Ablan ES, AP Santos ES, Calayab ES, Amarosa ES, Ilocos Norte College of Arts and Trades, all in Laoag City.

In La Union, 100 TUPAD workers are distributed in the towns of San Gabriel, Bauang, Rosario and Sudipen. They provide labor in schools such as Bauang North Central School; Duplas NHS; Rosario Integrated School; Balbalayang NHS and Zaragosa ES.

In Ilocos Sur, where the earthquake caused major destruction, TUPAD workers immediately began on July 28 – a day after the quake. After their clearing and repair of damaged public facilities, they continue in schools in their respective barangays in Vigan City and municipalities of Lidlida, Galimuyod, Sugpon, Caoayan, San Emilio, Salcedo, Santa Cruz, Santa, Quirino, and San Ildefonso.

Last Updated on August 11, 2022 by Justin Paul Marbella