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DOLE’s TUPAD beneficiaries contribute to mass production of Face Masks in Marinduque

BOAC, MARINDUQUE – Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA in partnership with the Provincial Government of Marinduque through its Governor Presbitero Velasco, Jr. implemented the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) benefiting 207 displaced workers (sewers and master cutters) in the garment industry. They worked from their homes and produced 300,000 pieces of washable face masks for Marinduqueños.

During the second quarter of the year, their sales are supposed to reach its peak, however, as the crisis rises, their performance dropped because the sewers were unable to produce their usual garment products due to the implementation of community quarantine against COVID-19 which restricted their small shops’ operation.

“Dati, buwan ng Mayo pa lang marami na kaming tanggap na tatahiin kaso dahil ng ECQ e nawala po ang pagkakataong yun,” (Before, we used to receive bulk orders from the month of May onwards, however because of the ECQ, that opportunity was lost) Susana Gillada said, one of the TUPAD beneficiaries.

Work stoppage causes a domino effect, their market in making uniforms for students and school personnel was also affected due to class suspension. No market orders received from customers and no income was generated.

Today and perhaps during the “new normal”, instead of school and office uniforms, personal protective equipment (PPE) like face masks is considered as a prime commodity of the people.

Recognizing these challenges, DOLE MIMAROPA through its Marinduque Field Office worked with the Livelihood Manpower Development - Public Employment Service Office (LMD-PESO) and profiled the 203 sewers and 4 master cutters to engage in the face mask production.

The objective of this project is to provide at least two (2) face masks for each Marinduqueño as one of the means in complying with the minimum health protocols against the coronavirus.

The Provincial Government provided the raw materials for face mask while DOLE shouldered the 10-day wages worth Php3,200.00 for each beneficiary, based on the prevailing wage rate in the region.   

“Nagpapasalamat po kami sa DOLE dahil nabigyan po kami ng pagkakataong kumita sa kabila ng hirap na nararanasan naming dulot ng COVID-19 na ito. Kumita na po kami, nakatulong pa kami sa gobyerno para sa pagtugon laban sa krisis na ito,” (Big thanks to DOLE for giving us this employment opportunity to earn income amid the hardship brought by COVID-19. Aside from earning money, we were also able to help the government in responding against this crisis) Gillada added.

DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Albert E. Gutib applauded TUPAD workers for their effort as he said “This pandemic is considered as a blessing in disguise in the sense that we demonstrated “bayanihan” culture. What more interesting is that beneficiaries from this project were able to return back the government’s assistance by applying their earned skills to produce face masks for the community of Marinduque. Job well done!”

Currently, the provincial government is working towards the second wave of face mask production in its province.

 

End/ Maria Cielo O. Orilla

 

 

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2020-07-17
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