DAET, Camarines Norte ---Some 82 displaced tricycle drivers from 21 barangays in selected Camarines Norte towns have received their wages from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through its Camarines Norte Provincial Field Office recently.
The displaced drivers who were jobless as a result of the pandemic, performed manual sanitation works on their dwellings and immediate vicinity in Daet, Basud, Mercedes, Talisay and San Lorenzo Ruiz for 10 days.
The community employment activity is a DOLE project under its Tulong Panghanap-buhay sa ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program. Initially, these beneficiaries were among those applicants who were not accommodated under the TUPAD #BKBK Program as funds had been used up.
According to Renalyn Alano, Camarines Norte Livelihood Program focal person, the income of drivers has been affected because they can only operate at 50 percent capacity during the implementation of community quarantine.
“This left them with a meager income, which was not enough to make both ends meet,” Alano said.
Luckily, with the implementation of the TUPAD post-Covid, they have been hired as TUPAD workers and were eligible for emergency employment that entitled them to a wage of P310 per day or equivalent to P3,100 for 10 days.
“Malaking tulong po ang ayudang hatid ng DOLE para sa aming mga tricycle drivers na sobra pong hirap sa kasalukuyan dahil isang pasahero lamang ang pinapayagang maisakay.” Higit kailanman naniniwala po kami na tunay ang inyong hangaring itaguyod ang kapakanan naming maliliit na manggagawa. Maraming, maraming salamat po,” Lorenzo D. Cuerdo, president of the Central Plaza Mall Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (CPTODA) said. The transport group had the most number of member-recipients of the program.
DOLE distributed reference numbers to TUPAD beneficiaries for the payment of wages, which were coursed through M. Lhuillier. As proof of receipt, beneficiaries signed their names in the payroll.
TUPAD is a community-based program that provides temporary employment for workers from the informal sector who are displaced and affected by the imposition of enhanced community quarantine due to Covid-19.
Qualified applicants under TUPAD are the following: informal workers such as kasambahays or helpers, jeepney drivers, Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) drivers, Angkas drivers or from similar ride-hailing app, carinderia owners, vendors, dishwashers, and others.
To become part of TUPAD, the informal worker must go to the barangay hall or the town’s Public Employment Office and ask to be included in the beneficiary list under TUPAD. It is recommended to do this through a group representative.
Moreover, the informal worker can also apply individually by sending an email to the DOLE regional office. The labor department will then will verify the applicant’s details from he local government unit where he belongs.