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DOLE mitigates impact of pandemic thru emergency employment in Northern Samar

Catarman, Northern Samar – A total of over 17 Million pesos in financial assistance are now reaching low-income households as the Department of Labor and Employment continues to roll out emergency employment or TUPAD program in Northern Samar. Over 40 Million pesos more in project funds will be paid to beneficiaries as salaries and wages in the next few months.

So far, the Department of Labor and Employment, through its Northern Samar Field Office, has provided short-term employment to 1,233 informal sector workers in the different municipalities of the Province of Northern Samar through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program since March of this year.

TUPAD is DOLE"s strategy in addressing the economic problem under the Republic Act 11494, or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2)

The initial implementation covers more than 11 municipalities, which include Bobon, Lope de Vega, Catarman, Silvino Lobos, and the island-municipalities of Capul, San Vicente and Biri.

Under TUPAD-Bayanihan 2, indigent men and women are hired to clear roads, streets and other public areas or perform other community work in their respective communities on a short-term, temporary basis so they can earn income for their families despite the Pandemic. 

To date, more than 500 workers have already been paid between P3,250 to P4,875 each for 10-15 days of work, or more than P2.16 Million. The remaining workers are scheduled to be paid in the next two weeks, with the total payout expected to reach more than P6.2 Million.

DOLE-NSFO will continue to implement TUPAD-Bayanihan 2 in Northern Samar, with another P9.6 Million worth of project funds already earmarked for more than 1,800 more workers from other municipalities.

More LGUs including those which have not been reached yet are expected to benefit from additional funding as much as 40 Million pesos more before the second semester is over. End/Jerold Amago with reports from Mark Daza 

Regional Director

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