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On October 07, 2021, Labor Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” H. Bello, III, led the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Pay-out to more than 600 Silangeños and the awarding of Safety Seal Certification to 11 establishments located in the 5th District of Cavite.

TUPAD is a short-term emergency employment program of the Department of Labor and Employment for the displaced, underemployed and seasonal workers. Their employment lasts for at least 10 days and should not exceed to 30 days.

With the help and coordination from the local government unit of Carmona and Office of the 5th District of Cavite, 627 displaced and disadvantaged workers from Silang, Cavite were given emergency employment, in which the beneficiaries were tasked to perform community clean-up for 10 days in exchange for the amount of Php4,000.00 each as their salary.

Atty. Roy M. Loyola, honorable mayor of Carmona, Cavite stated during his welcome remarks that he is delighted that his constituents will receive financial assistance from the government, but at the same time, he feels a little lonely because of the restrictions and limitations brought by the pandemic. Mayor Roy also reminded everyone to continuously observe the minimum public health standards.

“Nalulungkot po kami sa kabila nito, sapagkat dalawang taon na tayong nakikipag-away kay COVID, pero ganito pa din ang ating katayuan – may face mask, may face shield, hindi pwedeng magkamayan, hindi pwedeng magyakapan katulad ng ating nakagisnan. Pero ito po ay dapat nating gawin dahil ito po ay nangangahulugan ng ating kaligtasan, kaligtasan ng ating pamilya at ng ating sambayanan. Iisa lang po ang ating buhay, mahalin po natin ito at huwag tayong makipagsapalaran. Kaya tayo po ay sumunod sa health protocol, mag-mask, maghiwa-hiwalay at magpabakuna” Mayor Loyola said.

Meanwhile, Congresswoman Dahlia A. Loyola, representative of 5th District of Cavite extended her gratitude and appreciation to DOLE, especially to Secretary Bello.

“Atin pong pasalamatan ang DOLE at si Secretary Bello. Kitang-kita po natin ngayong pandemya ang kanyang patuloy na pagkilos at pagkalinga para magkaroon po ng maraming trabaho sa gitna ng pagsubok na ating kinakaharap.” Congresswoman Loyola stated.

During his speech, Secretary Bello shared to the beneficiaries the main directives given to him by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Kaisa-isa lang ang utos ng Pangulong Duterte. Ang sabi sa akin, Bebot, yang pera ng Department of Labor, pera ng tao. Kaya sabi niya, ibigay mo sa tao. Kaya yan po ang aking ginagawa araw-araw mula ng mag-umpisa itong Covid na ito. Wala akong ginawa kundi dalhin ang pera ng tao sa lahat ng tao sa Pilipinas. Alam ko at alam ng ating Pangulo na kailangang-kailangan ninyo ng tulong.”

Meanwhile, around 15,695 workers were given access to safe workplaces after their employers received the Safety Seal from DOLE.

The Safety Seal Certification Program is a voluntary certification scheme that affirms that an establishment is compliant with the minimum public health standards set by the government.

The DOLE issues the Safety Seal for the following industries: manufacturing, construction sites, utilities, information and communication companies and warehouses.

There were already 44 issued Safety Seal certifications in the Province of Cavite as of October 07. Out of the 44 establishments, half or 22 establishments are located in the 5th District of Cavite ; 17 are located in Carmona and 5 from Silang.

Granted with the seal are ROHM Electronics, Inc., ON Semiconductor Philippines Inc., Hocheng Philippines Corp., Euro-Swiss Food Inc., Dakki Classic Concepts, Inc., Global Maxx Manufacturing Corp., CGP Metal Works and Stainless Fabrication, Messe and Handel Corp., Trendy Plastic Manufacturing Corp., The Purefoods Hormel Corporation and Can Asia, Inc.

Bello congratulated the compliant firms and called on their management to continue partnering with the government for the workers’ safety.

“We would like to thank you for being very compliant to all labor standards, including safety and health standards. Malaking bagay po ‘yan. Iyan pong Safety Seal na ibibigay naming sa inyo, bagamat ay ganian lang kaliit, tinatanong ako kung ano bang makukuha sa Safety Seal. Kaya ang gagawibn ko, gagawa ako ng memo, lahat ng business establishment na may Safety Seal, hindi kayo maiinspect for one year.” Secretary Bello added.

Before the program ends, Hocheng Philippines Corporation donated one unit of Lenus to Secretary Bello. Lenus is an anti-virus guard functioning as a thermal scanner and alcohol dispenser. Lenus also uses voice prompts to alert users with no face masks to wear one upon entering the establishment. One unit of Lenus was placed in the entrance of the event’s venue and was used by all attendees during the entire activity.

Undersecretary Ana C. Dione, POEA Administrator Bernard Olalia, Deputy Administrator of OWWA, Mocha Uson, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Director, Atty. Ma. Karenina P. Trayvilla, Information and Publication Service Director Rolly Francia, DOLE IV-A Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman, DOLE IV-A OIC-Assistant Regional Director Atty. Nepomuceno A. Leaño II, and Engr. Joseph P. Gacosta of DOLE Cavite Provincial Office are also present during the activity.

They were joined by local executives led by Congresswoman Dahlia Loyola, Carmona Mayor Roy Loyola, and Silang Vice Mayor Aiden Belamide.

Secretary Bello distributed a total of P2.688 million in TUPAD funds to 672 workers affected by the pandemic. The local leaders thanked Bello for the assistance given by DOLE. They also asked for more aid from Bello, a wish immediately granted by the top labor official.

Bello immediately instructed DOLE executives to prepare an additional P20 million in TUPAD assistance and 100 Negosyo karts for Carmona, Silang and GMA beneficiaries.


Senior Labor and Employment Officer
DOLE Cavite Provincial Office

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