SAN JOSE, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO – A total of 130 displaced workers have received their financial assistance under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Worker (TUPAD) of the Department of Labor and Employment under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (BAYANIHAN 2) at San Jose Municipal Plaza on on 14 January 2021.

It could be remembered that on 08 January 2021, DOLE Occidental Mindoro Field Office awarded the TUPAD check amounting to P624,000.00 to the municipality of San Jose as the Accredited Co-Partner in the implementation.

As part of the health protocols, beneficiaries worked only for 4 hours a day in cleaning, disinfection and sanitation in their respective barangays for 15 days.

TUPAD beneficiaries received a salary of P4,800.00 based on the prevailing minimum rate of P320.00 in the region for rendering service from December 16 – 31, 2020.

Virgie Lazaro, one of the TUPAD beneficiaries expressed her gratitude to DOLE after receiving her wages, “Malaking bagay na napasama po ako sa DOLE TUPAD, kahit papaano ay malaking tulong na po ito para sa aking pamilya upang may pambili ng mga kailangan namin sa buhay at makadagdag sa aming ipon. Maraming salamat po sa LGU San Jose at lalo na po sa DOLE,” she said. (It’s really a big blessing to be part of DOLE TUPAD, as it somehow helps my family to sustain our daily needs and could add to our savings. Thank you very much to LGU San Jose and especially to DOLE).

DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao through Provincial Director Bernardo B. Toriano, explained that the program shall serve as the government’s support in pursuit of a whole-of-nation approach in the recovery in the implementation of recovery and rehabilitation measures to cushion the pandemic’s impact on the economy and society.

“Through the strong partnership of DOLE with the LGUs, we stand firm to our aim in providing assistance to our most vulnerable workers during this trying times where job losses, food insecurity and income losses are inevitable, that’s why we will never be tired in serving our province as this is really our call”, PD Toriano added.

San Jose Mayor Romulo M. Festin lauded the department’s continuous efforts in keeping the welfare of his constituents to recover from income losses after being deeply affected by the pandemic.

TUPAD Bayanihan 2 is a safety-net program of the Department of Labor and Employment that provides temporary wage employment to the workers in the informal sector who were displaced or whose earnings were affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

End/Gener L Francisco