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Labor Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III leads the distribution of salaries to over 3,000 informal sectors workers in Antipolo City, Rizal on October 4. 2021

In coordination with the City Government of Antipolo and Provincial Government of Rizal, DOLE Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE RPO) employed a total of 3,328 informal sector/displaced workers through its Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) program.

Under the said program, TUPAD beneficiaries are employed for ten (10) days wherein they were tasked to do community service to their respective barangays. It could be in the form of cleaning/disinfecting public places/establishments like government facilities, parks, schools, health centers, roads, streets etc. Declogging esteros, drainage canals, sewage storage. Their employment could extend up to 30 days depending on the nature of work they were assigned especially in infrastructure building.

Upon the completion of their 10-day emergency employment, each beneficiary is entitled to receive a salary amounting to PhP 4,000.00. The said amount was based on the highest prevailing minimum wage in Region IV-A which is PhP 400.00.

During her speech, Antipolo City Mayor Andrea “Andeng” B. Ynares highlighted the importance of extending helping hands to each other especially in the time of the global pandemic.

“Basta may malasakit tayo sa kapwa, kakayanin natin ‘yan kahit ano pa man. Mas kakailanganin po nating magtulong-tulong ngayon, at magkaisa dahil kakaiba po ang ating kalaban,” Mayor Ynares reiterated.

DOLE RPO still implements its new payout system to fast track the disbursement of salaries to the beneficiaries. This is to ensure that the minimum public health standards set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-IED) were strictly complied. After temperature checking and disinfection, the identity of each beneficiary were validated. Once validated, they would sign the payroll and receive signed TUPAD stubs. This stub should be presented to DOLE representatives along with their TUPAD and valid Ids for them to claim their salaries.

On wise spending

Labor Premiere Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III urged TUPAD beneficiaries to spend their salaries wisely and prioritize spending on their basic needs.

“Pakiusap ko sa inyo, ‘pag natanggap niyo ‘yang apat na libo, ‘yang pera na ‘yan alagaan ninyo. Ibili niyo ng bigas, ibili niyo ng pang-ulam, ibili niyo rin kung may pangmedesina, ibili niyo rin kung mayroon kayong anak ng pangmatrikula," the Ama ng TUPAD said.

Starting anew

Enriqueta Chica, a 47-year-old solo parent from Purok Silangan, Brgy. Dela Paz, shared that living a life in these times of COVID-19 pandemic was way more challenging than before. Prior to the outbreak, Chica tries to provide food and sustain the needs of her family by selling cooked viands. Raising four children alone for 17 years is not an easy task to do and yet she persevered for the sake of the well-being of her children.

The sales of her business plummeted. Chica did not know where to get money to sustain her family’s needs. But Chica didn’t stop there for she knows her family needs her more than ever. She sought different jobs to support her family.

“Kumukuha po ako ng mga sako, nilalabhan ko, binebenta ko po. Tapos ‘yung mga gulay, para bang chopseuy, inaayos ko, nililinis ko binebenta ko ng per kilo, ang bigay ko lang po Php 30.00. Minsan nakakabenta po ako ng tatlong kilo, minsan limang kilo ‘yun po ang iniraraos ko po,” Chica shared.

That’s why Chica was very grateful to be part of the TUPAD program. Chica told DOLE RPO her plans on how she will be spending the salary she received.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa DOLE TUPAD [program] po kasi po, malaking tulong po itong halagang ibinigay sa akin. Makakapagsimula po ako ulit ng pagtitinda. ‘yun pong tatlong libo, ibibili ko po ng paninda ko po. tapos ‘yung 1000, ‘yung 500 po isesave ko po sa ilaw at tubig, ‘yung 500 po ibibili ko po ng bigas,” Chica expressed.

Aside from TUPAD Payout, DOLE-RPO, through DOLE-Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) also awarded 52 Negosyo-Karts for street food business, meryenda business to the beneficiaries from the City of Antipolo, and municipalities of Binangonan and Taytay. This is to help the beneficiaries to have a new source of income despite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Awarding of Safety Seal Certification

DOLE has been ardent in promoting safe and COVID-free environment. Thus, Pursuant to DOLE-DOH-DILG-DOT-DTI Joint Memorandum Circular No. 21-01, DOLE awarded safety seals to three manufacturing companies in Rizal.

V&F Ice Plant and Cold Storage, Inc., Republic Cement and Building Materials, Inc., and Biba Cakes and Pastries Shop receive their certification after thorough inspection/validation if they are indeed compliant with the minimum public health standards.

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

DOLE is tasked to issue the safety seal certification 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).

Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Director, Atty. Ma. Karenina P. Trayvilla, Rolly Francia of DOLE Information and Publication Service, DOLE IV-A Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman, DOLE IV-A OIC-Assistant Regional Director Atty. Nepomuceno A. Leaño II, and Dir. Marivic B. Martinez of DOLE Rizal Provincial Office also assisted the Labor Secretary in granting the salaries to TUPAD beneficiaries, and livelihood aids to DILP beneficiaries, and awarded the Safety Seal Certification.

Rizal Vice-Governor Reynaldo San Juan Jr., Provincial Board Member Alexander "Bobot" Marquez, Former Rizal Governor, Casimiro "Jun" A. Ynares III, Taytay Mayor Joric Gacula, Antipolo City Mayor, Hon. Andrea B. Ynares, and Hon. Karen Hernandez of Montalban, Rizal attended and witnessed this momentous event as well.



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DOLE Rizal Provincial Office

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