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174.8M paid to 33,821 informal sector workers under DOLE’s TUPAD Program

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment has paid a total of P174,820,498.00 to 33,821 informal sector workers in Eastern Visayas under the Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.

TUPAD program is a safety net program that provides temporary wage employment to the workers in the informal sector particularly the unpaid family workers and self-employed who were displaced or whose earnings were affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TUPAD workers were paid the region’s minimum wage of P325 per day for 15 days or P5,000.00 for the entire undertaking.  They worked for the repair, maintenance and/or improvement of common public facilities and infrastructure, delivery of essential goods, packing of relief goods and other related tasks assigned by the Local Government Units, and disinfection/sanitation of community or other public facilities.

DOLE Region 8 OIC-Regional Director Amable Ildefonso C. Roa said that the TUPAD funds were sourced out from the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act or Bayanihan 2 which mandates the provision of assistance to displaced workers in the informal sectior particularly self-employed with elementary education and unpaid family workers.

“We are true to our commitment for the spirit of Bayanihan 2 law to be inclusive in terms of coverage, that is why we have this assistance for our informal sector workers and we hope that this would somehow ease their suffering brought about by this COVID-19 pandemic”, Director Roa added.

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