The province of Occidental Mindoro is declared under state of calamity due to El Niño Phenomenon. To caution its effect, DOLE MIMAROPA thru Occidental Mindoro Field Office immediately responded to this call through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program.

Headed by DOLE OccMin Field Office Head Mr. Carlo B. Villaflores and the team of Social Protection and Welfare Unit led by Ms. Mylene A. Lleno, a series of orientation cum contract signing, and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment was held to various municipalities in the province. An orientation on basic safety and health was also conducted as part of the implementation phase.

Under this community-based package of assistance, the identified beneficiaries are provided with temporary wage employment for a period of 10 days intended for social community works such as repair, maintenance, and/ or improvement of common public facilities and infrastructures; debris clearing, de-clogging of canals, debris segregation and materials recovery, stockpiling and clearing. They are also covered with micro-insurance from GSIS valid for one (1) year.

Recipients of the program include 263 workers each from San Jose, Magsaysay, Rizal, Calintaan, and Provincial Government of Occidental Mindoro; while there are 156 workers each from Sablayan, Sta. Cruz, Mamburao, Paluan, Abra de Ilog, Looc and Lubang who will all receive the 100% of the prevailing daily minimum wage rate of Php320.00 for a total of Php7.7M.

The entire province of Occidental Mindoro has been placed under a state of calamity due to prolonged dry spell since February 2019.

End/Gener L. Francisco