SANTA CRUZ, MARINDUQUE – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA thru its Marinduque Field Office implemented the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged (TUPAD) workers program in Santa Cruz, Marinduque benefitting 3,340 informal sector workers.

The workers’ engagement started on 05 May 2021 and will end on 20 May 2021. The TUPAD workers program provides temporary wage employment to the informal sector workers who were displaced or whose earnings were affected due to the pandemic. For the services rendered for 10-15 days, they will receive a total of Php3,200.00 – Php4,800.00 as salary based on the prevailing minimum wage in the region (Php320.00/day) coursed through the DOLE partner money remittance provider.

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 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.

TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers is a community-based 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 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed.