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DOLE Laguna Releases 14 Million To Workers Under TUPAD

 

For someone who has no choice but to brave the wave of the COVID surge to find work in efforts to provide food for the family, DOLE Laguna will always remain steadfast on its commitment to the vulnerable sector of the society all throughout Laguna with the cash for work program under Tulong Panghanapbuhay Sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).

DOLE IV-A Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman has affirmed the Office’s commitment to help workers gain access to emergency employment opportunities at the moment. “The Bayanihan initiative of the government continues to ensure that no one will get left behind during this challenging time.” This way, the community can move further as one.

While TUPAD has been instrumental in augmenting household income of beneficiaries, it also fosters community development through relevant projects such as cleanup drive, sanitation activity and the like. 

It is for this reason that DOLE has strengthened its partnership with Local Government Units. Laguna Governor Ramil L. Hernandez has been supportive of this undertaking for the benefits of the locals.  Representatives of the local governments were instrumental in bridging communities with work opportunities under TUPAD. It would only take some identification documents for workers to get a slot in the cash for work grant.

The program has, nonetheless, integrated some necessary measures for the protection of beneficiaries. DOLE Laguna Provincial Director Guido R. Recio has been an avid advocate of health and safety protocols that must be observed in carrying out programs and activities of the Office.

Release of wages, for instance, was mostly done through money remittance centers. More or less 5% of beneficiaries personally claimed their wages while observing strict guidelines to control the crowd. Payout activities were done in open areas by batch to be able to limit the number of persons in the venue at a particular time.

Workers donned in face masks and face shields which turned out to be the new normal these days since last year showed up for release of wages. They were also advised to bring their own pens to lessen points of contact. Chairs were arranged with proper spacing to observe physical distancing at the waiting area. Alcohol dispensers were made available on tables for frequent sanitizing, too. 

Finally, these workers had a huge sigh of relief after having spent 16.25 days at work to earn Php6,500. Their daily wage is based on the highest prevailing rate in the province. They were deployed as street sweepers in the community responsible for their own respective areas. In a time when cleanliness happens to be a basic necessity, this program is imperative to prevention of disease outbreak.

As of first quarter of the year, DOLE Laguna was able to reach 2,700 workers across the Province of Laguna and six districts covering the four districts, the lone districts of Calamba and Binan and the Province of Laguna facilitated by the Welfare Unit headed by Provincial Focal Lorena M. Gacosta assisted by ten TUPAD coordinators.

A total of 14 million pesos were already disbursed. The government has allotted a generous amount of budget for the TUPAD implementation this year. There is more to come in the next three quarters.

In the end, there is always a better option for displaced and disadvantaged workers to secure work during the interim. It is a decent transition before they find a stable job later on. At least these workers will not run out of choices somehow.

By

RUDYBOY R. SINAY

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2021-05-07
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