The Department of Labor and Employment is giving a P20-million grant to Bacolod workers, through its Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program, that is expected to assist 4,361 beneficiaries.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia attended the orientation for barangay captains and treasurers on the implementation of the TUPAD program at the Bacolod City National High School gym Oct. 14, adding that the assistance was relayed to him by Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Leonardia reminded the barangay executives to implement the program correctly.
“The sooner we can give this TUPAD program, the better. We have this opportunity so we have to maximize this,” he added in a press release from the city Oct. 15.
TUPAD is a community-based program that provides assistance through emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers, for a minimum of 10 days and maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of the work to be performed.
The beneficiaries will receive P3,950 for a 4-hour work schedule per day for 10 days.
Aside from the cash incentive, the beneficiaries can also avail of the GSIS Group Personal Accident Insurance for one whole year.
In May, about 400 Bacolodnons also received financial assistance under the TUPAD program.
They worked for 10 days, assisting the Bacolod City government in the preparation, dissemination, posting of information and educational materials about COVID-19 updates, vaccination process and registration, as well as cleaning/disinfecting public facilities, such as barangay halls and gyms, and doing community gardening.
The orientation was attended by Ma. Victoria Diwata Borines, focal coordinator of DOLE-TUPAD, Mary Agnes Capigon – DOLE Negros Occidental Field Office head, Councilor Lady Gles Pallen – president of the Liga ng mga Barangay, executive assistant Butch Soliguen, Public Employment Service Office-Bacolod head Ma. Rebecca Balicas, and personnel of DOLE and PESO.
Meanwhile, Leonardia thanked Duterte-Carpio for the assistance and for the Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction machine with 20 sampling kits that she donated to Bacolod in May. | NND