“Obligasyon po ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) na tumanggap, mag-proseso at mag-evaluate ng proyekto ninyo sa TUPAD na Cleaning and Greening Project. Kasama rin sa aming obligasyon na mabigyan kayo ng pinansyal na asistensya at insurance habang nagtatrabaho ngayong may pandemya. Bago ang implementasyon ng programa, nagsasagawa tayo ng orientation at upang magbigay rin ng PPE.”
Carlos Onding, the DOLE Supervising Labor and Employment Officer summed up the role of DOLE in the implementation of the TUPAD Program during the orientations he conducted in partnership with the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur, through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO),to over 450 beneficiaries in the municipalities of Del Gallego, Ragay and Gainza last July 8-9, 2020.
Under the TUPAD or Tulong Panghanap buhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers Program, emergency employment was extended to those who were greatly affected by the pandemic especially the unemployed, self-employed, and displaced workers who lost their jobs and livelihood when the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) was implemented. Since CamSur is currently under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), DOLE has already allowed the implementation of the usual TUPAD which included social community-based projects.
TUPAD PROGRAM. The provincial government of Camarines Sur under Gov. Migz Villafuerte through the CamSur PESO were in the municipality of Del Gallego to conduct orientation of the DOLE TUPAD Program to 305 volunteer workers as well as give out personal protective equipment PPEs in exchange for 15-day community clean-up work worth P4,650.00 each.
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The beneficiaries will be working 8 hours a day from Monday-Saturday until the completion of the 15 days’ work arrangement. They will be earning PhP310.00 per day, with a total of PhP4,650.00 per beneficiary. Thus, DOLE will be shouldering group micro-insurance for the duration of the work contract. The payment of wages to TUPAD beneficiaries will be claimed through a money remittance service provider.
Moreover, DOLE also provided a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) composed of buri hat, rubber gloves, and long sleeve uniform which will be used for their community clean-up drive. To ensure the safety of the workers and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, health standard protocols will be strictly followed.
Prior the pandemic, CamSur PESO already screened and profiled the beneficiaries. Ongoing TUPAD payouts are also being conducted in the province providing cash assistance through the livelihood program TUPAD #BKBK (#Barangay Ko, BahayKo) in which each beneficiary under the program will work in sanitizing and disinfecting the vicinity of their own houses instead of the usual community clean-up drive.
As one of the beneficiaries of the TUPAD Program, Francia Mariano from Gainza, Camarines Sur shared that, “Para po sako, dakulang tabang po ini ta may pagkukuanan na ako ning pang sumpay sa aroaldaw. Kaya nag papasalamat po ako sa DOLE, kay Cong. Lray asin Gov. Migz Villafuerte ta igwa nin arog kaning programa ang probinsya na patrabaho. Dakulaon po talagang tabang ini samuya.”
“Pinaparating po naming ang pasasalamat kay Gov. Migz and Cong. Lray sa binigay nilang tulong at suporta sa bayan ng Del Gallego. Sana po ay makatulong po ito sa ating lahat ngayong panahon ng COVID-19,” Del Gallego Mayor Melanie Abarientos- Garcia gratefully thanked the Provincial Government in behalf of the LGU Del Gallego.