ABOUT 80 percent of Bacolod City barangays already availed of the cash-for-work program or the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Worker (Tupad) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).
This was stressed by Bacolod City Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya Friday, December 4, 2020, after the national government downloaded the funds to barangays that already liquidated their previous funds from Dole.
Gastaya said some of the barangays already received the funds so they can start to identify their beneficiaries who will work on their barangays doing repair works and cleaning, among others.
The cash-for-work program is a short-term intervention to provide temporary employment to distressed/ displaced individuals by participating in or undertaking preparedness, mitigation, relief, rehabilitation or risk reduction projects and activities in their communities or evacuation centers.
Gasataya said the five barangays in Bacolod City now implementing the program include Barangays Villamonte, Mansilingan, Singcang-Airport, Taculing and Sum-ag. Next week, another 10 barangays will also implement the program.
“It’s second round already because, in previous months, we also facilitated the cash-for-work program in various barangays in Bacolod. Due to the pandemic, the national government downloaded the funds through the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act 1, and Bayanihan 2 for the barangays in the city,” he said.
In 2020, about 4,000 individuals in Bacolod City will avail the cash-for-work program.
Gasataya has tasked his staff to facilitate the implementation of the program and check all barangays in the city that already liquidated their previous funds so they can avail of the said program.
“As long as they already liquidated their previous funds from Dole, we will request for the funds and it will be downloaded directly to the barangays for the implementation of the program,” Gasataya said.
The cash-for-work beneficiary will receive P5,000 and up for 15 days of work within their barangays.