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Emergency Employment Beneficiaries Tramp Mt Iraya to Mend Water System

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan---The Department of Labor and Employment - Regional Office No. 02 (DOLE 2) provided just recently emergency employment to 30 displaced workers of Basco, Batanes through its Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program.

The said beneficiaries hiked the legendary Mt. Iraya to repair the Water System that supplies the capital town of Batanes.  They walked 12 kilometers of winding trail for about 5 hours just to reach the location of the damaged Water System.

“Our funds for wages of laborers has already been exhausted.  With the assistance of DOLE 2, we were able to complete the repair of our damaged water system,” Vice-Mayor German Caccam said.

The said Water System of Basco, which supplies around 70% of the total population or about 6,000 people of Basco, was heavily damaged by “Typhoon Ferdie” last year.  Soil erosion and rolling big stones caused the damages of the facility.

The TUPAD program of DOLE gives an opportunity for displaced workers to cope up from their loss of income and/or source of living.  They work for a period of 10-30 days.  The DOLE provides the wage, while the materials, tools, jigs and/or equipment are the counterpart of LGUs.

The said beneficiaries were paid with prevailing minimum wage equivalent to ₱300.00 per day. Each beneficiary received ₱3,000.00.

The repair of damaged Water System does not only benefit the Emergency Employment beneficiaries but the whole community of Basco as well, as water is one of the basic needs and essential source of life.  (END/JVP/RBE)


by Jolina V. Pelovello

(with report from Angelica Gay L. dela Cruz)

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