LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III recently distributed more government assistance to informal workers displaced by the pandemic in Tarlac province.

Bello led the awarding of P3.528-million payouts from the “Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced” (Tupad) workers program to 880 Covid-hit farmers, tricycle drivers and vendors.

Bello was in the province in 2021 to extend government aid via Tupad, the cash-for-work program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Tarlac officials led by Governor Susan Yap thanked Bello for the immediate and timely help from DOLE.

Since many more of their constituents needed help, the local executives appealed for more assistance from the state, to which Bello responded by vowing to revisit Tarlac this year.

Under Tupad, beneficiaries are given work specified by the local government. They are paid in cash to help them cope with crises.

Each of the beneficiaries received P4,200 as pay for their participation in a community clean-up drive.

The recipients are from the local governments of Tarlac City, Gerona, Victoria and San Jose.

“As long as we have the means, DOLE will never get tired of helping our needy workers. Likewise, we will always support LGUs that are responsively performing their mandate to aid our people during hard times,” Bello said.