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1,465 marginalized Kapampangans received P6-million DOLE TUPAD aid

 

ANGELES CITY - Some 1,465 marginalized Kapampangans from District 1 of Pampanga province recently finished their stint under the Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD).
 
TUPAD is a community-based emergency employment rehabilitation program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that aims to uplift displaced or marginalized workers and their communities.
 
DOLE Regional Director Zenaida Angara-Campita said that the emergency employment assistance was mobilized to address the recent calamity that struck some parts of the province.
 
“We have partnered with the different Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) in profiling marginalized heads of households in calamity-struck areas of the province and other parts of Central Luzon. The TUPAD has always been the sought-after intervention of the DOLE in rehabilitation process activities after the ravages of calamities in affected communities,” RD Campita explained.
 
In her report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, RD Campita said that the beneficiaries reside from Angeles and Mabalacat cities, and Magalang town under the province’s 1st district.
 
RD Campita noted that a total of P6,153,000.00 was funded for the wages of the beneficiaries based on the region’s prevailing daily minimum wage rate.
 
“Each beneficiary received around P4,200.00 for the work they performed for 10 days to clean-up, rehabilitate, and beautify their respective assigned areas of responsibility. This way, they were able to earn a little while recovering from the calamity that struck their homes and communities,” RD Campita said.
 
Meanwhile, DOLE Pampanga Field Office head Arlene Tolentino said that personal protective equipment/tools were handed out to the beneficiaries to ensure their safety.
 
Aside from this, all beneficiaries were provided with social benefits by enrolling them to the Government Service Insurance System’s (GSISs) micro insurance.
 
The beneficiaries were tasked to do clean-up activities which include de-clogging of canals, clearing of road debris, and basic repair and maintenance of common public infrastructure.
 
The labor agency continues to coordinate with other Public Employment Services (PESOs) in other calamity-stricken areas of the region to provide emergency employment as well.
   
END/Jerry Borja
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2018-10-11
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