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DOLE’s TUPAD benefits 345 fire victims of Pto Princesa with P1.104M wage employment assistance

On September 3, 2017, fire broke out in a densely populated coastal area in Purok Isdang Bato, Barangay Bagong Silang, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, which affected an estimate of more than 300 households. With the initiative of DOLE Palawan Field Office Head, Mr. Bernardo B. Toriano, in partnership with Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo R. Bayron, through PESO Manager Mr. Demetrio Lopez, and Barangay Chairman Reynaldo C. Taneo of Bagong Silang, duly supported by DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director, Atty. Alvin M. Villamor, and with additional appropriate funding from the Office of Usec. Joel B. Maglungsod, DOLE Undersecretary for Labor Relations, Special Concerns, and Financial Services Cluster, DOLE’s Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) Program materialized and an orientation was held for the 345 identified fire victims at the barangay plaza last December 12, 2017.

City Councilor Nesario G. Awat, chair of the Committee on Labor and Employment, graced the event and expressed gratitude at DOLE for this job opportunity given to the fire victims. He asked for the support and encouraged all the beneficiaries for the success of this project. “Sa nangyaring sakuna, at kung ano pa man ang mangyari sa ating buhay, alam natin lahat na ito ay ating malalampasan basta tayo’y nakakapit lang kay Panginoong Hesukristo,” Awat said.

Ms. Elnie Iligan, Labor and Employment Officer III of DOLE Palawan, gave a brief overview about the TUPAD program and explained to the beneficiaries their duties and responsibilities. Having been transferred at Barangay Tagburos, Puerto Princesa, they are tasked to clean their relocation site such as repair and/or improvement of their houses and common public facilities, de-clogging of canals, debris cleaning, tree planting, and other similar facilities. Ms. Iligan reminded the beneficiaries that for the ten-day emergency employment program, they must render work with utmost diligence. “Kayo po ay maglilinis ng lugar na pinaglipatan ninyo. Obligasyon po ninyo na magtrabaho ng tama dahil ang matatanggap ninyo na suweldo galing sa gobyerno ay nanggaling din sa ating lahat.” The beneficiaries’ salaries are the prevailing statutory minimum wage in MIMAROPA as of September 24, 2017 which is equivalent to Php 290.00 per day. Queries were entertained after the orientation.

TUPAD is a component of the DOLE Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP). It is a community-based (municipality/barangay) package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers; those who were self-employed and have lost their livelihood, including farmers and fishermen, due to natural or man-made disasters, the underemployed, and the unemployed poor.

 

End/Anna Dominique C. Magbanua

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