Employees in establishments in Ilocos Sur which remain closed due to the strong earthquake now find alternative source of income, as they engage as emergency workers through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program.

Two weeks after the Magnitude 7 earthquake hit Northern Luzon, some establishments mostly in Vigan City are still closed, following orders from local government units in ensuring structural integrity.

Said establishments are old structures, some even date back to the colonial period, and the earthquake rendered them unsafe for use.

As such, while these employees are temporarily displaced, DOLE Regional Office 1 immediately offered them to work under the TUPAD, where they earn a daily rate of P370.

“Through our engagement with these affected workers through social media, we were able to listen to their concerns and situations. Immediately, we ensured them that DOLE is here to help them cope up,” said Regional Director Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos.

Through social media listening, the DOLE RO1 reached out to over 50 temporarily-displaced workers in Ilocos Sur. 36 of them were profiled for TUPAD, where 25 were willing to work. 12 of them have begun TUPAD work.

“Aside from their engagement to TUPAD, we shall do close monitoring of the situations of these displaced workers to ensure their eventual return to their normal work,” said RD Ramos. “We are in strong collaboration with their employers, whose concerns are also being heard and considered.”


Last Updated on August 11, 2022 by Justin Paul Marbella