Tabuk City, Kalinga―336 yKalinga beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) have started their 15-day work on March 16.
Pursuant to DOLE Department Order No. 173-17, a contract of service had been entered into and executed between DOLE-CAR and the TUPAD workers dated March 5, 2021.
Said program is being carried out through the Provincial Human Resource Management Office (PHRMO) under the leadership of PHRMO Grace Kidang Flores, MPA, and the Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO).
Governor Engr. Ferdinand B. Tubban supported the implementation of the TUPAD program in the province to help mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to the marginalized sector. He expressed hope that said program would assist beneficiaries to bounce back from the difficulties as they face during the crisis.
DOLE had been spearheading the TUPAD through the local PESO Kalinga and PHRMO to facilitate the employment for displaced workers during crisis by providing opportunities for the self-employed and seasonal workers engage in short term jobs or emergency/temporary wage employment.
The Municipal PESO Managers identified and endorsed the recipients who shall be involved in community projects such as the maintenance and/or rehabilitation of roads, and school buildings and compounds.
Instead of the usual day-long working schedule, they will only be allowed 4 hours of work from 8AM to 12NN for a period of 15 days to minimize the risk of exposure from COVID-19.
In a press release from the Provincial Information Office, one of the TUPAD beneficiaries was quoted expressing gratitude for being part of the project saying “Ipapati mi daytuy nga oportunidad, ta haan laeng a (para) diyay kwarta wennu sweldo nu saan ket kasla maagasan ti panunut mi met lang nga at least ket addaan kami ti ubra uray temporary lang, ngem nu ngay daytuy tu gayam ti makakitaan da tu ti gaget mi ket irekomenda dakami tu nu adda manen sumaruno, su nga ipapati mi tapnu agtuloy tu nga adda ti igatang mi ti bagas para pamilya mi,” he said.
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