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Tacloban City – A former Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) beneficiary of the Depart
Tacloban City – A total of 15,750 informal sector workers in Eastern Visayas have already availed of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers Barangay Ko/Bahay Ko (TUPAD #BKBK) Disinfection/Sanitazion Project of the Department of Labor and Employment.
As of 06 May 2020, DOLE Regional Office VIII, under the leadership of Regional Director Yahya A. Centi has released financial assistance amounting to Php 51,187,500.00 to 179 local government units (LGUs) and barangay LGUs which acted as Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) in implementing TUPAD #BKBK.
Of the total disbursed funds, Php 50,930,750.00 were paid as wages of the TUPAD #BKBK beneficiaries after rendering ten-day work which involved disinfecting and sanitizing their respective homes and vicinities. Remaining amount was spent for the disinfection solutions and personal protective equipments (PPEs) used by the beneficiaries.
Among the seven field offices of DOLE RO VIII where the TUPAD #BKBK were implemented, West Leyte Field Office, which covers three congressional districts, has the highest number of beneficiaries with 3,776 informal sector workers followed by the North Leyte Field Office with 3,129 beneficiaries.
Samar and Northern Samar Field Offices which both covers two districts each follow with 2,714 and 2,348 beneficiaries, respectively. 
Meanwhile, covering one district each, Biliran Field Office has 1,391, Southern Leyte Field Office has 1,284 and Eastern Samar Field Office got the lowest number of beneficiaries so far with 1,108 beneficiaries.
Director Centi said that DOLE is consistently doing its best to help the workers in the informal economy displaced by the global health crisis.
“No matter how difficult the situation we are in because of this crisis, we at the government are doing our best to bring help to our workers who are greatly affected by this global pandemic”, said Centi.
TUPAD #BKBK is acommunity-based safety net program of DOLE which provides temporary wage employment to the informal economy workers, such as but not limited to underemployed, self-employed, and displaced marginalized workers who have lost their livelihood or whose earnings were affected due to the community quarantine against COVID-19. End/Norma Rae S. Costimiano
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