Dole to employ marginalized folk

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Saturday, May 24, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- With the aim of strengthening social protection for vulnerable workers of Central Luzon by enhancing their access to emergency employment and livelihood program in times of calamities, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Office 3, this year, launched its Tulong Alalay para sa mga Disadvantaged Workers or better known as "Tupad."

The Tupad is one of the flagship programs under the Dole Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

Dole Regional Director Raymundo Agravante said Central Luzon is one of the regions that has always been plagued by a number of typhoons and other natural calamities, which, aside from suffering damaged lands and properties, has made a lot of self-employed workers, including farmers and fisher folks, helpless and unemployed.

In his report to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, Agravante said that the Dole regional office, through its seven Field Offices, has coordinated with the different Local Government Units (LGUs), Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), and other partner agencies in identifying and targeting 7,012 marginalized workers from different parts of the region as beneficiaries of the program.

This year's Tupad will be covering the areas of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampaga, Tarlac, and Zambales.

"Our identified Tupad beneficiaries, who will be given emergency employment, will be performing community works such as cleaning of roads and drainages at the region’s minimum wage rate of P336.00 per day for ten days," Agravante said.

The Dole, this year, budgeted P32,425,120 for the implementation of the Tupad Program, which covers wages/salaries, personal protective equipment (PPE), and insurance of all 7,012 Tupad beneficiaries. This, however, excludes the one percent administrative cost.

Dole's LGU counterparts, meanwhile, will be providing a 20 percent equity, equivalent to P8,106,280 for hand tools, equipment, monitoring and supervision.

The province of Aurora, on the other hand, was one of the major recipients of the Tupad Program, which benefitted about 1,450 marginalized workers.

"Aurora province has been heavily-devastated by Typhoon Labuyo, with a storm signal No. 3 in August 2013. All eight municipalities were hit by strong winds, rains and landslides affecting a total of 8,191 families, as well as damages to infrastructures and agriculture costing an estimated total of P160,496,108. We needed to act immediately and provide the necessary emergency employment to male heads of affected families," Agravante said.

Aside from Labuyo, tropical storm Maring struck the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, and Pampanga, leaving many families homeless and helpless. A few months later, tropical storm Santi devastated the region once again, this time, affecting the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga by strong rains and flash floods.

The Tupad, being the Dole's emergency employment flagship program is one of the Dole’s priority programs this year. In fact, it has been merged with its livelihood program.

"What was once the Dole integrated livelihood program (DILP) is now called the Dole Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) based on Department Order No. 137-14, otherwise known as the “Guidelines in the implementation of the DILEEP,” issued by no other than Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz,” Agravante said.

Through the DILEEP, self-employed workers with insufficient income, marginalized and landless farmers, unpaid family workers, parents of child laborers, low wage and season workers, and workers displaced or to be displaced by natural or man-made disasters can now easily avail or access Dole’s livelihood and emergency employment programs and services. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 24, 2014.

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