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LABOR PREMIER SILVESTRE BELLO III FRONTS TUPAD PAYOUT, AWARDS LIVELIHOOD AIDS AND SAFETY SEALS

Labor Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III leads the disbursement of salaries to over two thousand (2,000) informal sector workers in the Municipality of Montalban, Rizal on June 25, 2021.

In collaboration with the Office of Congressman Fidel Nograles, 2nd District Representative of Rizal and the Local Government Unit of Montalban headed by Mayor Dennis Hernandez through Barangay Chairperson Hon. Karen Mae Hernandez, DOLE-Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE-Rizal) managed to employ a total of 2,234 informal sector/displaced workers under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.

In TUPAD, displaced/informal sector workers from the community will be provided with 10-day emergency employment. Such employment could be in the form of community service. Cleaning and/or disinfecting public places like roads, schools, health centers, parks, community centers, etc., waste management, de-clogging of esteros, canals could also be their task. Their employment could extend up to 30 days depending on the nature of work.

Each beneficiary is entitled to receive a salary of PhP 4,000.00 in cash upon the completion of their 10-day community service. This was based on the highest prevailing minimum wage in the province which is PhP 400 per day.

Former Rizal Governor and Antipolo City Mayor Casimiro “Jun” Ynares, III expressed his grief on the passing of the late President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino, III. He reiterated that the best way to honor his passing is to continue serving the public.

“Karamihan sa atin ay nalulungkot matapos mabalitaan ang nangyari sa ating dating Pangulo Noynoy Aquino ang kanyang pagpanaw kahapon. Ang paniniwala po nating lahat, mas mabibigyan po natin ng parangal ang buhay ng ating dating Pangulo sa pamamagitan po ng pagpapatuloy ng serbisyo sa ating mga kababayan,” the ex-Governor said.

Barangay San Isidro Chairperson Karen Mae “Mayet” Hernandez recognized, on the other hand, the resilience of Montalbeños especially in this time of crisis.

“Ako po ay humahanga sa mga Montalbeños na patuloy na lumalaban sa hamon ng buhay at sa pandemyang ito…na patuloy po tayong gumagawa ng paraan para maitaguyod ang ating pamilya. Hangad ko ang kaligtasan at nawa’y maging magandang halimbawa ang DOLE TUPAD program na ito sa inyo lahat,” Hernandez exclaimed.

DOLE-Rizal continued to apply its new payout system to fast track the distribution of salaries. DOLE-Rizal ensures to control the number of people inside the venue.

After the validation of the identity of the workers, each beneficiary 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.

More assistance to come

Secretary Bello acknowledge the plight of the youth especially in this time of pandemic. Most of them are struggling on their studies, some of them cannot afford to attend school and do online classes. In this regard, the Labor Secretary pledged additional one thousand slots for TUPAD to be given to the employable youth sector in Montalban.

“Kasi kailangan din noong ating mga kabataan [na] may ginagawa. Hirap na hirap sila ngayon. Walang face-to-face na learning, wala silang ginagawa sa bahay. So, may permission na si Cong., ako ay nanghihingi ng 1000 additional [TUPAD] beneficiaries. Ito po ay handog natin sa mga kabataan sa bayan ng Montalban,” Sec. Bello assured.

New Beginnings

Aside from the payout to TUPAD beneficiaries, DOLE also awarded four (4) livelihood assistance in the forms of Negosyo Karts and Rice Retailing business under its DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).

For Art Arevalo, a former tricycle driver, receiving the Negosyo Kart from DOLE is an answer to his prayers.

“Siguro, sagot na rin ng panalangin kong ito na mabigyan ako ng kaunting kabuhayan para sa ano [sa aking pamilya]. Mabibigyan ko na rin ng disenteng pagkain ang anak ko, asawa ko,” Arevalo exclaimed.

Art looked back on his past experiences as a tricycle driver. He said that he only earned PhP 200.00 to PhP 300.00, amount that will never suffice for the needs of his family especially his wife and child both have a heart condition.

Arevalo also emphasized that having this kind of opportunity should not be taken for granted and should be treasured instead.

“Hindi naman pwedeng lagi aasa tayo sa gobyerno. On[c]e in a lifetime lang po na mabigyan ako ng gobyerno ng pagkakataon kaya kailangang ingatan ito,” Arevalo added.

DOLE CALABARZON Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman, OIC-Assistant Regional Director Atty. Nepomuceno A. Leaño II, Provincial Head Marivic B. Martinez, and Congressman Juan Felipe “Fidel” Nograles also assisted Labor Secretary on the distribution of salaries to TUPAD beneficiaries, and on the awarding of DOLE Livelihood Assistance to its four recipients.

They also granted safety seals to three manufacturing companies. Monde M.Y. San, IPrint Labels and Packaging, Lauras Food Products Corporation are the first three establishments in the province to receive the safety seal.

The Safety Seal Certification is a voluntary certification program of DOLE that checks if the establishment is compliant to the minimum public health standards and uses contact tracing app, specifically the Staysafe.ph app.

The DOLE issues the Safety Seal for the construction sites, manufacturing, warehouses, information and communication companies (publications, news, movie production, TV and radio networks), and utilities (electric, water, gas, air conditioning supply, sewerage, waste management).

by:

Flint Osric T. Gorospe
Community Facilitator

Charmaine D. Baisa
LEO III

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