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DOLE brings frontline services to the grassroots thru the Duterte legacy caravan

Catarman, Northern Samar - The Northern Samar Field Office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-NSFO) joined the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in bringing basic services, programs, and accomplishments to the grass roots level during the nationwide, simultaneous launching of the Duterte Legacy Barangayanihan Caravan Towards National Recovery on September 30, 2021 in the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) Gymnasium in Catarman, Northern Samar.

In a message delivered during the event on behalf of DOLE Regional Director, Henry John S. Jalbuena, Technical Support Services Division (TSSD) Chief, Edgar B. Tabuyan, enumerated DOLE’s major accomplishments as well as upcoming projects in Northern Samar, including the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program, which will benefit 17,357 at-risk and informal workers, and backed by a massive funding of Php 84,494,530.00.

The Caravan, which also involved several other agencies such as DTI, DSWD, TESDA, AFP, and the PNP, also allowed beneficiaries to share their experiences and the impact government programs made in their lives. 

In a formal testimony before the audience, TUPAD Beneficiary, Christine Alvez of Catarman, expressed her gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte, Secretary Silvestre Bello III and DOLE for including her in the program.

“Ako po ay lubos na nalulugod na ang ating gobyerno, lalo na po ang DOLE ay tinutulungan ang mga katulad naming mahirap na labanan ang pandemya”, said Alvez

Alvez likewise said that she is confident to survive the pandemic with the the assistance from the community and the government. 

“Kahit po mas mahirap humanap ng pagkakakitaan ngayon dahil sa mga limitasyon dulot ng mga quarantine, alam ko po malalampasan namin ito kung magtutulungan po ang lahat”, Alvez added.

(“With mobility still limited by the quarantine, it is more difficult than usual to earn a living, but with everyone’s help, I am confident that we will all survive it in the end.”)

To further showcase DOLE’s programs under the Duterte Presidency, DOLE-NSFO also conducted an on-site a payout of wages to 15 Catarman-based beneficiaries of TUPAD amounting to P73,125.00 Each beneficiary received their 15-day wages amounting to P4,875.00. 

The agency also set up a one-stop shop booth to entertain client inquiries and other concerns regarding its programs, as well as those of the ECC and OWWA. 

The Duterte Legacy Barangayanihan Caravan Towards National Recovery was organized by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) in partnership with national agencies, including DOLE, and civic groups, whose objective is to amplify the notable accomplishments of the Duterte Administration and its legacies on peace and order, development, and poverty alleviation. It is being conducted at both the national and regional levels. 

Also in attendance during the event is Chief Patria A. Bigcas, Head of DOLE-NSFO.End/Jerold Amago-DOLE NSFO

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