SOME 2,716 informal sector workers in Calbayog City availed themselves of the P10,065,496 grants under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (Tupad) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently.

“I am happy and grateful that the Tupad program, a flagship program of the department in providing displaced workers temporary emergency employment in exchange of community service, is reaching and helping more and more beneficiaries,” said DOLE-Eastern Visayas Director Henry John Jalbuena.

Beneficiaries in Calbayog received P3,250 each as payment for their services rendered during the 10-day program implementation.

Aside from the wages, the beneficiaries were provided personal protective equipment, disinfection materials, and coverage to micro accident insurances.

“I am so thankful to the Tupad program for helping us. This is really a big relief for us,” said Limuel Jackson, one of the beneficiaries.

“Thanks to our government for not neglecting us and for assisting us during this pandemic which affected our sources of income,” added Iris Amogues.

The distribution of Tupad grants were also attended by DOLE-Samar Field Office Head Fe Norma Valuis and other local government officials. (SunStar Philippines)