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103 marginalized Kapampangans finish DOLE-TUPAD clean-up drive at government center

 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Some 103 marginalized residents from San Fernando City, Pampanga recently concluded their 30-day employment stint with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
 
DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione said that the individuals were the chosen beneficiaries to partake in the DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD).
 
“Our select-TUPAD beneficiaries took part of the DOLE’s clean-up drive initiative in tidying-up the surroundings of the Disodado Macapagal Government Center to create a conducive atmosphere for all government employees, clients, program partners, and visitors,” Dione said, adding:
 
“Many construction activities were undertaken over the years within the premises of the Regional Government Center which resulted to its untidiness and eye sore for most people coming here. With the help of our TUPAD beneficiaries, through their short-term employment in augmenting the needs of their families, the government center will be a cleaner site to see.”  
 
In her report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, all TUPAD beneficiaries were provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and worked by batches from September to December 2017.
 
All beneficiaries were tasked to perform social community works such as cleaning and clearing of sidewalks, de-clogging of canals, and removal of harmful debris.
 
Dione noted that a total of P697,620.00, sourced from the DOLE’s regular TUPAD funds, was used for the wages of TUPAD beneficiaries based on the prevailing minimum wage rate.
 
“Each of our beneficiaries, assigned to different batches throughout the phase of this clean-up drive, worked for 30 days, which is quite more than the usual prescribed 10-days under the implementing rules on the DOLE’s flagship emergency employment program, the TUPAD,” Dione explained.
 
Aside from this, all beneficiaries were provided with social protection to ensure their work safety likewise enrolling them under the group insurance of the GSIS prior to their employment.
 
For TUPAD beneficiary Jay Pangilinan, the short-term emergency employment was a big learning experience and will use his earnings to put up a small business.
 
“Marami po akong natutunan sa TUPAD program ng DOLE. Hindi po nakakahiya ang trabahong ito dahil nakakatulong po kami sa ibang tao. Nais ko pong gumawa ng maliit na negosyo sa aking kikitain dito sa TUPAD. Salamat po sa DOLE at ako ay naging bahagi ng programang ito,” Pangilinan said.
 
The DOLE, as an ISO-certified office, for its part, has done major infra-improvements within its premises and nearby surroundings to further improve its services to its clients.
 
The TUPAD is a shot-tem emergency employment of the DOLE geared to engage marginalized workers to become more responsible citizens of the community.
 
END/Jerry Borja with reporting from Ethel Galvan

 

 

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2018-01-24
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