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Bukidnon District 4 1,246 displaced workers receive P9M worth of TUPAD salaries

Malaybalay City, Bukidnon --- A hefty sum of PhP9,095,800.00 wages was released to 1,246 displaced workers from the municipalities under the District 4 of Bukidnon namely; Kalilangan, Pangantucan and the City of Valencia. Concerned workers received their personal MLhuillier reference numbers for their salaries for the 20-day work rendered under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa mga Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers Program (TUPAD) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X).

 

Profiled displaced/disadvantaged workers were hired to work community-based jobs assigned and deployed for 20 days at different barangays of the above-mentioned localities from November to December 2019.

 

720 workers from Valencia City received a total wages of PhP5,256,000.00 while 246 beneficiaries from Municipality of Pangantucan and 280 workers from Municipality of Kalilangan received PhP1,795,800.00 and PhP2,044,000.00 salaries, respectively.

 

DOLE-X Bukidnon Provincial Field Office Chief Raul L. Valmores said the salaries of these workers were paid from the Special Program Funds (SPF) totaling PhP 9 Million for the three Local Government Units (LGUs) under this district. “TUPAD is a contingency program under the DOLE Integrated and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), displaced and disadvantaged workers will be given the opportunity to have short term employment but will be compensated with 100% of the prevailing minimum wage of the region,” Valmores said.

 

Valencia City beneficiary Marcelo Verano said, “I am very grateful that the government has programs for us, displaced workers. Though this is a short-term employment only, it has helped us to at least earn. Now, I will be able to buy food for my family and school supplies for my kids.” Verano is a father with seasonal work and is solely supporting his family of four children.

 

Another beneficiary from Kalilangan, Bukidnon said, “We are thankful that we were able to avail TUPAD. I am hoping that we can still avail next year’s implementation. The salary I received will be used in purchasing my personal needs. Again, thank you!”, said Carolyne Duay, who had displacement of her last work at Davao City.

 

On behalf of 4th District Congressman Rogelio Neil P.Roque, office representative Ernie Mae M. Acosta expressed her appreciation and gratitude to the DOLE for the partnership through TUPAD saying, “Thank you to DOLE-X Bukidnon for facilitating the implementation of TUPAD in District 4. Through your help, we were able to help not just 1,246 beneficiaries, but it has extended to their individual families. Looking forward to partner with you this CY 2020.” She emphasized that though the program is for temporary aid only, Acosta advised and motivated all beneficiaries to work hard to gain regular employment or livelihood undertaking.

 

Emergency Employment or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program is a community-based (municipality/ barangay) package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed, and unemployed poor, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed. Payment of salaries shall be equivalent to 100% of the prevailing private sector

minimum wage in the area.

 

End/Jessamie A. Jorquia, LEO III/DOLE-X/Bukidnon Provincial Field Office

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TUPAD workers sign acknowledgement receipts as proof that they received the reference number for claiming their wages at the MLhuillier for their 20-day work. DOLE-X Bukidnon representatives Mark Anthony Combong and Mr. Jonathan Pugoy (facing the beneficiaries) facilitated such release. (Photo source: DOLE-X Bukidnon. PFO)

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2020-01-28
ALBERT E. GUTIB




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