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91 stranded workers in Rizal get aid from TUPAD #BKBK



Some ninety-one (91) stranded workers in Antipolo City, Rizal recently received their financial assistance from the DOLE Rizal’s implementation of Tulong Pangkabuhayan Para sa Ating disadvantaged and Displaced workers (TUPAD) #Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko (#BKBK) program to help them cope with the impact of the community quarantine order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 20, 2020, DOLE Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE RPO) received a news regarding a group of workers seeking help from the government to assist them to come home to their families in their respective provinces. On the same day, DOLE RPO Officer-in-Charge Marivic B. Martinez together with Antipolo City Government PESO Head Ms. Marie Fe Iquin, verified the plight of the said workers and personally asked them regarding their requests.

A total of 253 stranded workers under the two Chinese-owned subcontractors of a cement company asked for help from the government. The said workers came from the provinces of Samar, Davao, Lanao del Norte and South Cotabato. As a response, 85 workers under CPHY and six workers from Hitsing Construction Corporation were included on the TUPAD #BKBK list of beneficiaries. Only 91 workers were included as some of them have already received P5,000 from DOLE COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP).

Each of the 91 stranded workers received P4,000 or a total of P364,000 for their ten-day disinfection work of their barracks. Social distancing measures were observed during the conduct of the payout to the stranded workers.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa naibigay po ninyo sa amin na tulong sa ilalim ng TUPAD. Maraming salamat po dahil makakabili na po ako ng panggatas po ng anak ko dahil walang-wala na at kapos na kapos na kami. Maraming salamat, thank you po,” said Jetsy Visyoso, one of the workers of CPHY after receiving his salary.

“…Ako ‘yung nagpasilita sa grupo ng CPHY at humingi ng tulong dahil sa sitwashon namin ngayon dito na kami ay stranded. Hindi kami tinulungan ng kumpanyo na pinasukan namin pero ngayon, ang laking pasasalamat namin na na andito ang gobyerno na nagbigay ng ayuda sa amin. Ito, natanggap ko na ang P4,000 pati na rin ang iba kong mga kasamahan. Gagamitin namin ito habang kami ay naghihintay na kami ay makauwi sa aming probinsya,” said Jonie Nebria of CPHY who facilitated the group.

On the other hand, the management of the two subcontractors also granted the workers’ request to go back to their respective provinces. Eighteen out of the 91 already went back home to Samar on the first week of June while the 20 workers who will be going back to Mindanao and two from Cebu are scheduled on the 2nd week of June. The remaining 51 workers stayed as the cement manufacturing company continues its operations.


DOLE Rizal Labor Information Officer

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