More than 3,000 residents of Legazpi City get jobs from DOLE
TOWN OF LEGAZPI – At least 3,258 displaced workers and underemployed residents of this city have become beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) since the program was launched in 2019 by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) .
In an interview on Monday, Diosdado Rañeses, head of the Public Employment Services Office (PESO) of the city of Legazpi, said that some 12 million PHP had been uploaded by the DOLE to the government of the city of Legazpi, used as salaries of TUPAD beneficiaries.
He said that in 2021, his office had registered 1,013 program beneficiaries, most of whom were tricycle drivers and other workers displaced by the pandemic.
“The DOLE has given back to PESO Legazpi another 144 additional TUPAD beneficiaries who have already started their cleaning campaign in their respective villages and after 10 days they can receive their salaries,” Rañeses said.
He added that the new beneficiaries were highly recommended by the heads of the respective villages, including those belonging to the Legazpi City Women’s Federation (LCWF) who needed seasonal employment due to the current health crisis in coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
“We are again awaiting the additional PHP 5 million recently approved by DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III for another 1,400 TUPAD beneficiaries in the town of Legazpi,” Rañeses added.
He noted that all workers in the TUPAD program have the right to work four hours a day for 10 days in their respective villages.
“Here in Legazpi we are very systematic in the implementation of the TUPAD program to always follow the minimum health protocol in which every hour we assign only 10 people to work in the community cleaning campaign and another 10 people to again for the next hour respecting social distancing while they work,” Rañeses added.
He clarified that people who have benefited from the program in the past years can benefit from it again this year, but DOLE’s priority is those who have not yet been included in the list of beneficiaries of the program.
TUPAD is a community assistance program that provides emergency employment to displaced, underemployed and seasonal workers, for a minimum of 10 days, but not exceeding a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of the work to be performed. (NAP)