Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Palawan Field Office oriented 720 vulnerable workers from three (3) municipalities in Northern Palawan who were identified as beneficiaries of DOLE under Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) or commonly known as Emergency Employment Program (EEP). Palawan Field Office Head Mr. Luis B. Evangelista led the said orientation to 289 beneficiaries in the Municipalities of Roxas last August 8, 2019, 271 beneficiaries in Taytay last August 9, 2019 and 160 beneficiaries in El Nido last August 10, 2019.

Workers will engage in short-term social community works for duration of 30 days such as but not limited to repair, maintenance, and/or improvement of common public facilities and infrastructure such as schools and health centers, debris clearing, de-clogging of canals, debris segregation and materials recovery, stockpiling and clearing, among others. Mr. Evangelista also discussed the completeness of documents needed to be submitted after rendering services for processing of payments. To ensure full protection of workers, occupational safety and health standards was highlighted as they were provided Personal Protective Equipment for their field work.

         Moreover, DOLE MIMAROPA will cover the accident insurance of these workers for one (1) year. Each worker will be receiving Php320.00/day of work, the prevailing minimum wage in the MIMAROPA Region. TUPAD or EEP is a community-based (municipality/barangay) package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed, and seasonal workers, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 90 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed.

End/Renell G. Mayo