ILOILO CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is hoping to fully utilize its PHP84 -million fund for the implementation of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) program in Capiz this second quarter of 2021.
“We are expecting a lot of money to be poured to Capiz,” said DOLE Capiz officer-in-charge Amy Judicpa in a phone interview Wednesday.
She added that they are supposed to utilize 15 percent of the fund during the first quarter but based on proposals that they’ve submitted to their regional office, they have attained a 17 percent accomplishment due to 60 cash-for-work applications.
The total fund for the 60 applications reached over PHP13 million benefiting 2,447 workers in various municipalities of the province.
The recipients were identified by local government units (LGUs) but the program is directly implemented by the department.
Judicpa said currently they have around PHP70 million left to be spent.
However, PHP18 million worth of emergency employment applications have already been confirmed by their regional office.
They are just waiting for additional documents from applicants, she added.
TUPAD provides emergency employment for the informal sector. The recipients are tasked to do community work such as cleanup, dredging of canals, tree-planting, and establishment of communal gardens.
“We are pushing this (communal garden) so they have something to look forward to at the end of the day,” she said.
TUPAD workers are paid the prevailing minimum wage in Western Visayas, which is PHP395 a day.
They are also provided with personal protective equipment, knee pads, and facial mask and covered with personal insurance under the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).
Depending on the LGU, they are expected to render 10 to 15 days for the entire duration of the program. (PNA)