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P2.1-M TUPAD funds to aid 627 informal workers in So. Leyte

Tacloban City – Five municipalities in Southern Leyte were the latest recipients of fund assistance under the DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program amounting to a total of Php 2,166,912.00.

The said grants, funded by the An-Waray Partylist, will benefit some 672 informal sector workers from St. Bernard, Malitbog, Limasawa, San Ricardo and Silago in Southern Leyte.

Malitbog SB Member Nestor Gonzales and PESO Manager Camelo Aroy received the TUPAD grants awarded by Cong. Bem Noel, RD Yahya Centi and ARD Amable Ildefoso Roa.

Congressman Florencio “Bem” G. Noel personally awarded the checks to the recipients together with Director Yahya A. Centi and Assistant Director Amable Ildefonso C. Roa last August 14, 2020 at the DOLE RO8 Building. Also present to witness the simple turnover were DOLE-Technical Support Services Division Chief, Mr. Edgar B. Tabuyan and DOLE-Southern Leyte Chief, Ms. Marites Z. Viñas.

Cong. Noel thanked the DOLE for another fruitful partnership in providing assistance to the people of Eastern Visayas greatly affected by the pandemic. He likewise expressed continued support to the programs and services of the department.

Meanwhile, Director Centi congratulated all the receipient LGUs for the assistance received for their constituents. He reminded them to always observe health protocols and exercise due diligence in the implementation of the program especially this time of crisis.

“With the new normal we are in, I would like to remind our partner LGUs to consistently uphold health standards for their safety and their workers. While we at DOLE are working hard with our partners to bring relief to our affected workers, we also would like to ensure that everything is done in the proper and safest way possible”, said Centi.

The identified beneficiaries will be rendering their services for a period of ten (10) days and will be paid with the existing minimum wage rate in the region which is equivalent to P325 per day. Aside from the wages, all workers will be insured prior to their TUPAD engagement and will also be provided with the necessary personal protective equipments (PPEs) and cleaning/disinfection solutions.   

The breakdown of fund released to the five muncipalities are as follows: Php 490,752.00 for 142 beneficiaries of St. Bernard; Php 397,440.00 for 115 workers in Malitbog; Php 490,752.00 for 142 beneficiaries of Limasawa; Php 297,216.00 for San Ricardo with 86 identified workers; and Php 490,752.00 to benefit 142 workers from Silago.

The implementation of the TUPAD program is an intervention geared towards the recovery of workers in the informal sector who were affected by the implementation of the Community Quarantine. End/Norma Rae S. Costimiano with reports from Ma. Dahlia M. Aseo

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2020-08-18
YAHYA A. CENTI
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