ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has released over PHP19 million to seven local government units (LGUs) in Zamboanga del Norte to provide emergency employment to informal sector workers amid the health pandemic.
Lawyer Roy Buenafe, DOLE regional director, said Tuesday the emergency employment scheme, known as the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program, will benefit some 3,664 informal sector workers who are mostly farmers and fisherfolk.
“The informal sector workers are directly vulnerable to the economic fallout as a consequence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, thus, we want to assist them through Serbisyong TUPAD. These beneficiaries will be engaged in short-term emergency employment where DOLE shall pay them wages for the period of days worked,” Buenafe said.
He said Lourdes Amores, Zamboanga del Norte DOLE Field Office chief, facilitated the release of checks to the representatives of the identified LGUs that will benefit from the program.
Out of the PHP19.2-million funding, the municipal government of Rizal was issued a check amounting to PHP2.7 million; Leon B. Postigo with PHP1.6 million; Sergio Osmeña, PHP4.8 million; Dipolog City, PHP1.4 million; Mutia, PHP510,000; Manukan, PHP4 million; and Katipunan, PHP4.2 million.
Amores said the recipients of the program will be tasked to do clean-up drives in their respective barangays while some will be involved in tree or mangrove planting.
She said they will be provided with protective equipment such as long-sleeved shirts, gloves and hats as well as micro-insurance.
Juliebeth Eltanal, who is in charge of the Manukan Public Employment Service Office, said TUPAD is such a huge help to workers who are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. (PNA)