NAGA CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment in Bicol (DOLE-5) has paid P3.3-million in cash aid to 650 worker-beneficiaries in Camarines Sur under its Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.
DOLE Bicol spokesperson, Johana Vi Gasga said the beneficiaries were from four towns in the first district of Camarines Sur.
The payout started August 9 for 182 beneficiaries in Poblacion, Lupi; August 10 for 258 beneficiaries in Impig, Sipocot; August 11 for 130 beneficiaries in Castillo, Cabusao; and August 12 for 80 beneficiaries in Poblacion Zone 1, Del Gallego.
Gasga said the beneficiaries “engaged in 15 days of work and each received P5,175 based on the minimum wage rate of P345 in the province.” Wearing protective gears, they were tasked to ensure that public places in their villages, including markets, parks, and public facilities were cleaned and sanitized.
DOLE Regional Director Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita said TUPAD projects contribute to the country’s recovery plan by providing emergency employment assistance to informal workers who have lost their employment or livelihood due to the pandemic.
Under the DOLE-TUPAD program, displaced, seasonal and underemployed are provided temporary or emergency employment for a minimum of 10 days to a maximum of 90 days, depending on the nature of activities they will be tasked to perform.