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Displaced Freelance Artists avail of DOLE’s Emergency Employmen

Undeniably, thousands of micro, small and medium enterprises have ceased operation or suffered temporary but prolonged shutdown because of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 pandemic that caused displacement of private sector workers across all industries, including workers of arts or artists and musicians. 

On 20 August 2020, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through its Oriental Mindoro Field Office paid P44,800.00 representing wages under Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) or emergency employment program benefitting 14 freelance artists of Banda Alyansang Nagkakaisa Dapat Alagaan (BANDA) in Oriental Mindoro.

BANDA is a group of freelance singers and musicians performing in bars and restaurants whose earnings were affected due to prohibition imposed by the government under quarantine guidelines affecting the industry.

Learning about the assistance of the department for the displaced self-employed workers, BANDA requested from DOLE to avail of the emergency employment program. They worked on disinfecting/sanitation projects in the different barangays of Baco, Socorro, Pinamalayan, Puerto Galera and Calapan City, in Oriental Mindoro.

After rendering 10-day employment period from August 3-13, 2020, each beneficiary received the amount of P3,200.00 representing their wages thru money remittance center.

“Maraming salamat po sa DOLE sa programa nilang TUPAD na natupad ang tulong pinansyal nila sa aming mga freelance artists na naapektuhan ng COVID-19 Pandemic. Sa puso namin ay napakalaking tulong nitong ayuda na ito dahil wala talaga kaming mapagkakitaan sa panahong ito,” Dobieryner Cajayon said as he appreciated the immediate response of the department to their request. (Thank you very much DOLE for the financial assistance under TUPAD granted to us freelance artists affected by this COVID-19 pandemic. We really appreciated this grant especially that we temporarily lost our jobs)

DOLE MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director Albert E. Gutib commended the effort of the group in reaching out the department as he said “Your initiative to avail of our TUPAD program really helped us to easily implement the said program not only in identifying the qualified beneficiaries but serving the most in need and may this small amount of assistance temporarily support your daily needs while we are struggling with this pandemic.”

TUPAD is an emergency employment program for underemployed, self-employed, and displaced marginalized workers who have lost their livelihood or whose earnings were affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

 

End/Ma. Lesly I. Romero

 

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2020-08-24
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