AROUND 1,232 residents from the Fifth District of Negros Occidental will soon be provided jobs with the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced (Tupad) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).
The Fifth District Representative, Ma. Lourdes “Marilou” Arroyo, met with Dole-Western Visayas Director Cyril L. Ticao last Friday, August 2, in Negros Occidental to discuss the implementation of the program in Himamaylan City, La Castellana, Isabela, Hinigaran, Binalbagan, and Moises Padilla.
Displaced barangay workers in those areas would gain benefits from the program as 41 workers from each barangay are entitled to receive a minimum wage of P365 per day for 15 working days, or a total of P5,475 including the P256 for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and P50 for Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) insurance.
They will be engaged in community projects such as repair, maintenance, and improvement of public utilities and infrastructures; de-clogging of canals, debris clearing, and rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads and similar facilities; tree planting, seedling preparation, and other agro-forestry community projects.
“Tupad is a great program that provides immediate assistance to the displaced workers by giving them income opportunities in midst of emergency situations. I already coordinated with Dole Regional Director Ticao to ensure the smooth implementation of the program for my constituents in the Fifth District of Negros Occidental,” Arroyo said.
Tupad, a community-based package of assistance program of Dole, provides emergency employment for displaced, underemployed, or unemployed workers, and self-employed people, as well as for individuals who have lost their livelihood because of natural calamities or disasters.