700+ individuals benefitted from DOLE’s TUPAD payouts in San Rafael, Bulacan

700+ individuals benefitted from DOLE’s TUPAD payouts in San Rafael, Bulacan

A child receives an early Christmas gift from DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello during Saturday’s TUPAD payouts in San Rafael, Bulacan

By Benjamin Cuaresma & Val Leonardo

MANILA — More than 700 individuals who were displaced from their jobs amid the pandemic received their cash assistance on Saturday’s payouts under the Department of Labor and Employment’s cash for work project otherwise known as TUPAD program or “Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers.”

Launched under the able leadership of DOLE Secretary Bebot Bello, TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be assigned.

Assisted by Bulacan Third District Congresswoman Lorna Silverio, the seemingly indefatigable labor chief was on hand and happily distributed the cash assistance to the more than 700 San Rafael Bulacan beneficiaries who in turn thanked Sec. Bello and his agency for coming up with the pro-people program especially in these trying times amid the pandemic.

For her part, Silverio encouraged the beneficiaries not to lose hope saying the hardships most people are experiencing now, not only for Bulakenos but from the world over as a result of the widespread scourge of the coronavirus, will pass away and they will eventually find jobs especially now that cases are slowing down.

The more than 700 San Rafael beneficiaries received P5,000 each for 10 days of work rendered in their temporary employment assigned to them by the counterpart local government unit.

Officials of the Sangguniang Bayan of San Rafael also gave them an additional pay of P3,000 each.

And same as before, the DOLE also gave an Ayuda to members of the LGBT and PWD sector from Sec. Bebot Bello III as they received bicycles and a bag containing a cellphone with P5,000 load.

Board Member Chiolo Violago also thanked Sec Bello for the privilege he gave to the town of San Rafael Bulacan as it has been a big help to his fellow Bulakenos who lost their jobs and livelihood amid the pandemic.

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