San Agustin and Alcantara, Romblon – DOLE MIMAROPA thru its Romblon Field Office headed by PD Carlo B. Villaflores and in partnership with the Local Government Units of San Agustin and Alcantara, Romblon (as Accredited Co-Partners) implemented the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating mga Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers Program (TUPAD) to help augment the needs of our fellow Romblomanons in the informal sector who were displaced due the pandemic.

LGU San Agustin was awarded on 28 September 2021 amounting to Php1,296,000.00 benefitting 270 beneficiaries and for LGU Alcantara, the TUPAD fund was awarded on 08 October 2021 amounting to Php960,000.00 to cover 200 beneficiaries.

Both LGU Mayors’ Esteban Madrona (San Agustin) and Dr. Riza Famorada (Alcantara) thanked the Department in its effort to help their constituents especially that we are still fighting unemployment brought about by the pandemic.

In compliance with the IATF guidelines, workers were oriented on strict observance of existing health standards like wearing of face masks and face shields, observing social distancing, disinfecting/washing hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Also, their work is limited to 4 hours per day.

TUPAD workers are engaged for fifteen (15) days in the maintenance and improvement of public utilities and infrastructures in the locality like de-clogging of canals, debris clearing, tree planting, seedling preparation and other agro-forestry community projects.

Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) is a community-based package of assistance that provided emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed, and seasonal workers for a minimum period of ten (10) days but not to exceed 30days depending on the nature of work to be performed.

END/ SARAH JANE FERRANCO