DOLE pledges help to urban poor agency thru GIP, TUPAD

DOLE pledges help to urban poor agency thru GIP, TUPAD

MANILA — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has pledged its support to Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) commissioner for the National Capital Region Reynaldo Galupo for his programs of serving the country’s marginalized and underprivileged sectors, particularly the urban poor.

The NCR commissioner recently met with DOLE Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns executive director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba and discussed the possibilities of availing the labor department’s Government Internship Program (GIP) and Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES).

Prior to the meeting, PCUP chairperson and chief-executive-officer Undersecretary Elpidio Jordan Jr. had already negotiated with DOLE Workers’ Welfare and Protection Cluster assistant secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay and labor employment officer Erickson Mag-isa on how to expand the partnership between the two agencies and give broader access for urban poor groups on how to avail of livelihood and employment opportunities.

Concomitant with the celebration of the annual Urban Poor Solidarity Week (UPSW) scheduled this coming December in Mandaluyong City and Masbate, the PCUP and DOLE are set to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to strengthen its partnership in providing genuine service to the country’s marginalized and underprivileged sectors.

Meanwhile, Dir. Lobrin-Satumba explained that under the DOLE’s GIP and SPES, a three to six month’s internship opportunity is provided for high school, technical-vocational or college graduates who want to pursue a career in public service in either the local or national government.

Aside from seeking to avail of the GIP and SPES, Comm. Galupo likewise pushed for the implementation of TUPAD to beneficiaries who would be identified and accredited by the PCUP in order for them to be given much-needed assistance in recovering from the backlash of the economic downturn brought about by the coronavirus pandemic in the past three years.

This was welcomed by Dir. Lobrin-Satumba who noted the PCUP’s capacity to identify those beneficiaries who can avail of DoLE’s community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for workers who have been displaced, underemployed, or under seasonal employment.

The PCUP with its new administration under the chairmanship of Usec. Jordan and in pursuit of the fulfillment of its mandate to help the urban poor, the PCUP CEO has vowed to support the poverty alleviation program of President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. (ai/mtvn)

Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor commissioner for the National Capital Region Reynaldo Galupo (center) with Department of Labor and Employment Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns executive director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba (right) and the former’s chief-of-staff Jaigie Kimuell (left) during a meeting at the DOLE head office in Intramuros, Manila.

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