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Two hundred six (206) young Lucenahins who are either displaced from work or who are currently unemployed because of the current COVID-19 pandemic benefited from a temporary employment under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) of the Department of Labor and Employment Quezon Provincial Office (DOLE QPO). The payout was held at the covered court of Brgy. Cotta in Lucena City on May 31, 2021.

Said job program amounting to P824,000.00 was materialized through the initiative of Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Lucena City headed by its President, Patrick Norman E. Nadera, with the help of the Lucena Youth Ambassador and the Executive Assistant to the Mayor, Mark Don Victor Alcala and the Lucena City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) headed by Ms. Maria Cristina R. Encina.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Assistant Secretary for Wages and Productivity, Legislative, Advocacy and Internal Auditing Cluster Victor A. Del Rosario, who graced the activity advised the beneficiaries to spend wisely the cash assistance given to them.

“Please use the assistance to buy the basic needs of your family to cope with the current crisis brought by COVID-19,” he said.

He also advised the beneficiaries to follow the minimum health standards set by the government and to get vaccinated to reach a level of herd immunity relatively soon.

Meanwhile, DOLE Quezon Provincial Office Head, Mr. Edwin T. Hernandez mentioned that DOLE Quezon recognizes that many people in the Province of Quezon, especially in the rural areas, are daily-wage earners who now have little or no income because of the pandemic.

“While it is helpful to distribute in-kind relief goods, we know that cash is also essential at this time so that beneficiaries can decide to address their needs,” he added.

Under the TUPAD program, each of the beneficiaries will receive wages amounting to P4,000 in exchange of a ten-day work in their respective barangays.

Another benefit each beneficiary will get from the said program is to have the opportunity of being freely enrolled to and covered by Group Personal Accident Insurance of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for a period of one year.

Also during the said payout, each beneficiary received an additional P3,000 through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Said program is part of DSWD’s services to the poor, marginalized and vulnerable/disadvantaged individuals. It has been implemented by DSWD for decades as part of its technical assistance and resource augmentation support to LGUs and other partners.

Aside from the government assistance, the team of Senator Christopher “Bong” Go also provided meals, vitamins, masks and face shields to the beneficiaries. Selected beneficiaries received new pairs of shoes, bicycles and computer tablets.

In his video message, Senator Go informed the beneficiaries that they may avail of the assistance for their health care needs from the Malasakit Center located at Quezon Medical Center in Lucena City.

According to the Senator, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where all four government agencies, namely the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and PhilHealth, are already under one roof, with special lanes for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. The Malasakit Center will streamline the processes for Filipinos requesting government assistance for their medical needs.


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