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The Department of Labor and Employment Quezon Provincial Office (DOLE QPO) was among the recipients of the Pandemic Volunteers and Frontliners Award conferred by the City Government of Lucena during its celebration of the 60th anniversary of its cityhood held on October 30, 2021 at the Queen Margarette Hotel, Brgy. Domit, Lucena City.

The award recognized the volunteerism and proactive assistance given by DOLE QPO from the onset of COVID-19 up to present.

DOLE QPO Provincial Head Mr. Edwin T. Hernandez expressed his deep gratitude to the local government for recognizing the efforts of the agency in the pandemic response and addressing the needs of the people of Lucena.

"This past year has made us realized that we all have a role to play in supporting the most vulnerable members of our society," said Edwin T. Hernandez.

"Being recognized as one of those organizations that provided assistance to combat the economic effects of COVID-19 is a reminder that you do not need to be an extraordinary individual with extraordinary powers to make a real difference, and you do not need to wear a cape to be a hero," he added.

DOLE QPO supported the Lucenahins from day one of the lockdown with the provision of COVID-19 Assistance Measures Program (CAMP) which offered financial support to affected workers in private establishments. The TUPAD #BKBK program was also launched which provided temporary employment opportunities to workers in the informal sector as these workers are particularly vulnerable to economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Furthermore, last September 3 during the visit of Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, five barangays in Lucena City were given Certificates of Eligibility for Motorized Fishing Boats worth P2,400,000.00. Likewise, 100 bikes under its bikecination project were distributed to mobile vendors of the city worth P2M. Also, last June 7, 2021 DOLE QPO distributed livelihood assistance to 33 beneficiaries from Lucena City wherein 25 individuals received sari-sari store package while 8 received bigasan projects with the total amount of P624,951.00.

Moreover, last May 31, 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). In addition, DOLE also supported the unemployed college graduates of the City through its Government Internship Program wherein 1,179 youth-beneficiaries were employed as interns for a period of 3 to 6 months.

According to Mr. Hernandez, DOLE QPO will continue to provide livelihood and emergency employment assistance to those affected by the pandemic in the city, hoping that it will help them survive the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coinciding with the Linggo ng Lucena celebration, City Mayor Roderick "Dondon" Alcala with Youth Ambassador Kuya Mark Alcala also presented the awards for Centenarians, Top 20 Business Taxpayers and Natatanging Lucenahin 2021.



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