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DOLE aid reaches over 4k displaced and disadvantaged TarlaqueƱos and 102 OFWs

Tarlac City, TARLAC, December 18, 2020 – A total of 4,771 worker-beneficiaries from Tarlac are set to receive more than P20 million in emergency employment assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) before the holidays. Of this number, some 1,031 workers were already paid their wages during the ceremonial payout today, December 18, at the Bulwagang Kanlahi, San Vicente, Tarlac City.

Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Disadvantaged / Displaced Workers (TUPAD) is a flagship program of the department that provides 10 to 30 days of employment to displaced, underemployed, and seasonal workers. The same program was reinvigorated through Republic Act No. 11494, or more commonly known as the Bayanihan to Recover As Once Act (Bayanihan 2) as one of the government’s response to the devastating consequences of the global pandemic, both to the economy and to Filipinos’ standard of living.

In his message during the payout, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III recognized the hardships that the pandemic and recent typhoons have brought. With this, he assured that the government is consistently in action to provide assistance to various affected sectors. “It is very much in these trying times that we, as public servants, have to intensify our efforts so we can bring to our people the appropriate programs that will help them in alleviating the difficulties as a result of loss of employment and livelihoods,” Bello mentioned in an interview.

Anecia Teves, one of the beneficiaries, was unemployed since the community quarantine was imposed. “Dati po akong nagtitinda sa canteen sa school pero dahil sa lockdown, wala na po akong pinagkakakitaan. Ang asawa ko naman ay nagbubukid lang at maliit din ang kita,” Anecia narrates. She said that during the strict imposition of quarantine, their family was dependent on relief distributed in their barangay. “Kaya malaking tulong po at pamasko na rin sa pamilya ko na naisama po ako sa mga beneficiary ng DOLE,” Anecia mentioned.

Meanwhile, Tarlac Governor Susan Yap expressed her gratitude to the Department for its continuous assistance to the province. According to her, the agency has been generous to the province, allotting more than ?10 million of its TUPAD program prior to the March lockdown.

The payout of wages under the Provincial Government of Tarlac (PGT) is scheduled in batches from December 18 to 23, 2020. Aside from the 180 worker-beneficiaries from all 18 LGUs in the province, DOLE also released wages of beneficiaries from the municipalities of Gerona (226 beneficiaries), Victoria (280 beneficiaries), San Jose (140 beneficiaries), and Tarlac City (205 beneficiaries).

The Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Office No. III also distributed today P780,000 to 78 OFWs under the DOLE AKAP program and P90,000 for 3 OFW dependents under the Tabang OFW. 24 OFWs also received various assistance from OWWA such as livelihood, social benefits, and welfare assistance while 12 dependents of OFWs received their scholarship assistance.

In an interview, Regional Director Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita said that the department is in close coordination with partner agencies and LGUs in the implementation of its various programs. “Our goal is to be able to release our funds before the holidays and we’re working double and triple time to accomplish this,” RD Campita said.  

As of December 18, DOLE  Regional Office No. III already released over P598 million to 119,602 formal sector workers under COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) and P488.61 million to 87,002 workers under TUPAD Bayanihan 2.

 

END/ A. Cunanan

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