ILIGAN CITY (PIA)–The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) urged the more than 1,000 beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanabuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) in the city to make good use of the benefits they received from the government.
During the TUPAD payout here, DOLE Sec. Silvestre H. Bello III told the program beneficiaries to take good care of the assistance and use them to buy rice, foods, and medicines for their families.
The Labor Secretary led the ceremonial awarding of wages to 1,595 informal workers in the city enrolled under the government’s TUPAD program Thursday, September 23.
TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed, unemployed poor for a minimum period of 10 days but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed.
Apart from the TUPAD, Bello also handed over financial assistance to beneficiaries of DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, Balik Pinas Balik Hanapbuhay, Education and Livelihood Assistance Program, OFW Dependent Scholarship Program, and Tulong Pangkabuhayan Para sa Pag-unlad ng Samahang-OFWs.
“Nandito kami para iparating sa taong bayan ang ayuda galing sa ating gobyerno [We are here to bring to the people aid from our government],” said Bello.
He also reiterated the government’s commitment to support informal workers who lost their jobs and livelihood amid the pandemic.
The DOLE chief likewise thanked the Office of Iligan City Lone District Representative Frederick W. Siao for being an active partner in the implementation of the TUPAD program.
For his part, Siao said his office is open for different partnerships and collaboration for as long as it will bring help and benefit to the city of Iligan and its residents. (APB/PIA Lanao del Norte)