THREE Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (Tupad) beneficiaries have been removed from the payout scheme of the program due to “rigging” their requirements.

“The involved Tupad beneficiaries in the circulating video were proved to have made an effort to rig the completion of their service. Upon careful deliberation, the Department of Labor and Employment Davao Region (Dole-Davao) has determined that services under the program were not fully rendered, and it was apparent that there was an infraction in the Tupad guidelines by the identified beneficiaries. Hence, they will be excluded from the payout of wages,” lawyer Randolph Pensoy, DOLE-Davao, said in the press release on October 1, 2022.

These beneficiaries from Barangay 3-A, Davao City were seen and caught on camera changing clothes and posing for photo documentation.

“Said beneficiaries were seen posing for photos while cleaning the streets and then changing clothes, so as to appear that they were delivering Tupad works for different days,” Pensoy said.

According to Dole, Tupad beneficiaries are expected to perform 15 days of community service to be able to receive a daily compensation of P427. They said the three beneficiaries are part of the 300 displaced or disadvantaged workers in Barangay 3-A.

After the incident, Dole said they will strictly monitor the implementation of the program.

“Dole-Davao Region strongly urges against any irregularities in the administration of its programs and services. Likewise, the office ensures proper implementation of these in accordance with set guidelines. [We] assure the public that program implementers of the Department, as well as partner agencies and offices, shall continually be consistent with the guidelines on the implementation of DOLE programs and services,” Dole said. KSD