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More than 3,000 individuals in Montalban, Rizal received their pay on April 6 and 7, 2021 after they rendered service as community cleaners under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

In partnership with the Office of Rep. Fidel Nograles of the 2nd district of Rizal, DOLE Rizal managed to employ said workers who were profiled and selected from 11 barangays of Montalban namely-Burgos, Manggahan, San Jose, San Rafael, San Isidro, Balite, Macabud, Rosario, Puray, Geronimo, and Mascap.

Under the said program, beneficiaries were given emergency employment of 10 days. They were tasked to do community service—by cleaning and/or disinfecting public places like roads, health centers, schools, parks, etc., de-clogging of esteros, canals, and segregating wastes properly.

Upon completing their 10-day service, each worker is entitled to receive a salary amounting to PHP. 4,000 in cash.

In line with the guidelines of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-IED), DOLE Rizal devised a new payout system to fast track the distribution of salaries.

After validating the identity of the workers, the beneficiaries would receive a signed stub. This stub should be presented to DOLE representatives, for them to claim their salaries.

During the payout, Rizal Provincial Office Head, Marivic B. Martinez, reminded the beneficiaries to observe health protocols upon receiving their salaries.

“Walang magse-selfie, walang yayakap, walang magshe-shake hands. Nag-iingat lang tayo,” Martinez emphasized.

Rep. Nograles also gave a piece of advice to the beneficiaries as to how they should use their salaries for their 10-day community service.

“Advice ko po sa inyo na gamitin niyo po ito [TUPAD salary] bilang responsableng ina, responsableng padre de pamilya, responsableng tatay upang tulungan po natin ang ating pamilyang umangat sa panahon ng pandemya at krisis,“ Cong. Nograles said.

Tight grasp for hope

Rosalia Ferolino, a 40-year-old with an amputated leg, shares her gratefulness to DOLE for choosing her to be part of TUPAD Program and her message to a differently-abled person like her.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa DOLE na nakasama po ako sa programa na ito. Sa mga katulad kong may kapansanan, kahit ganito ‘yung sitwasyon nila ay hindi po sila mawalan ng pag-asa. Kasi may ano din, may tutulong sa kanila,” Ferolino exclaimed.

Meanwhile, Ricardo Velasquez, also an amputee calls for government support for the PWD Community —to create more programs and opportunities for them.

“Kung puwede po sana kaming humiling ng mga programa para sa mga persons with disabilities, kamukha ng goat raising, pag-aalaga ng kambing... kasi isa po sa madaling pagkakakitaan po ‘yan,” Velasquez expressed.

DOLE Rizal has been an advocate of providing equal work opportunities to persons with disabilities. In programs like TUPAD, DOLE Rizal encourages individuals from the PWD community to participate.


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