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Labor Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III spearheads the distribution of salaries to 1,051 informal sector workers in the municipality simultaneously held in San Mateo National High School and Guitnang Bayan Elementary School, June 22.

In coordination with the Local Government Unit of San Mateo, DOLE-Rizal Provincial Office managed to employ a total of 4,159 informal sector/displaced workers under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.

On the said program, displaced/informal sectors from the community will be provided with 10-day emergency employment, in the form of community service, like cleaning and/or disinfecting public places like roads, health centers, schools, parks, community centers, etc., de-clogging of esteros, canals, and waste segregation. Their employment could extend up to 30 days depending on the nature of work they were assigned to.

Each beneficiary is entitled to receive a salary of PhP 4,000.00 in cash upon the completion of their 10-day community service.

San Mateo Mayor Hon. Cristina C. Diaz reiterated how blessed they are to be part of this program.

“Sadyang napakapalad po ng bawat isa ngayong araw na ito. pero huwag po nating kakalimutang manalangin para sa mga taong tumulong sa atin,” Hon. Diaz told the beneficiaries.

Before the payout, DOLE Rizal along with San Mateo LGU surprised the Father of TUPAD with birthday cakes for an advance birthday celebration. TUPAD beneficiaries greeted him a happy birthday as they all sang the greeting song. Secretary Bello celebrates his 77th birthday on June 23.

During his keynote speech, Sec. Bello extended his gratitude for the surprised birthday bash for him. On the other hand, he pointed out to the beneficiaries of TUPAD to use their salaries wisely.

“Kagaya po nang sinabi ko, ito ay inyong pera. sana po gamitin niyo ito sa tamang paraan. kasi alam niyo naman sa pandemyang ito, ang hirap”, Sec. Bello exclaimed.

In line with the guidelines of Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-IED), DOLE Rizal continued to apply its 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 along with their TUPAD and valid IDs for them to claim their salaries.

On vaccine incentives

Secretary Bello emphasized the importance of being inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine regardless of its brand. He also mentioned that the Department will give a bicycle, a cellphone with PhP 5,000 load to those workers who will be fully vaccinated.

“Ang bakuna ang pinakamabisa laban sa COVID-19. Mag-umpisa ng July 1, kapag nagpabakuna na kayo ng dalawang beses, bibigyan kayo ng bisikleta. kapag nagpabukuna kayo, may bisikleta na kayo, mayroon pa kayong cellphone at ‘yung cellphone na ‘yan meron ‘yang load na limang libo,” the Labor Secretary said.

Overcoming Hardships

Gina Cantoria, a 58-year-old garbage collector from Brgy. Maly bravely shares her story to DOLE Rizal despite the painful bits of it.

October 24, 2020, her husband suffered from a heart attack because of high blood pressure. To support her husband’s maintenance medicine and the studies of her four children, Gina chose to work by collecting recyclable materials and sell them to junk shops.

She admitted that there were times when she and her kids, did not eat much because of her low income for the day.

That is why she is very grateful to DOLE for being chosen to work under the TUPAD Program.

“Maraming-maraming salamat po sa DOLE. Kasi po kami ang napili niyo na mabigyan po ng halaga [PhP 4,000] na ito. Malaking tulong na po ito para sa mga anak ko,” Cantoria shared.

When she was asked as to what is she going to do with her salary, Gina promptly answered.

“Bale ibibili ko po ng gamot sa asawa ko sa puso at saka pambili po ng bigas, ‘yong iba po, ibibili ko po ng gamit sa mga anak ko kasi po nagmomodule pa po sila eh,” Cantoria said.

DOLE Rizal also distributed 11 livelihood assistance, 20 WIFI Units, and Hygiene Kits to the parents of profiled child laborers in celebration of the World Day Against Child Labor this year.


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