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In Ilagan City, emergency employment provided to farm workers affected by drought

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan---A total amount of ₱1.26 million was paid by the Department of Labor and Employment – Regional Office No. 2 (DOLE 2) last week to 140 beneficiaries of emergency employment under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).

The said beneficiaries, who are corn farmers and laborers from 25 barangays of Ilagan City, Isabela, were affected by the recent prolonged drought that caused the delay of the start of the planting season.  As a result, the laborers were displaced and income opportunities for corn farmers were diminished or likely lost. 

This prompted DOLE 2 through its Isabela Field Office to provide government intervention in the form of emergency employment under the TUPAD program to the said farmers and laborers.

The 140 beneficiaries were given an opportunity to work for 30 days and were paid at ₱300.00 per day. They were engaged in clearing, cleaning and de-clogging of canals, weeding and beautification of schools and barangay roads.

They were also provided with Personal Protective Kit (PPE) such as long sleeve shirt, hats and pair of gloves and were also enrolled in the micro-insurance program of the Government Service Insurance System.

DOLE 2 Regional Director Manuel C. Roldan said that the TUPAD is one of the DOLES’s contributions to the government agenda of job generation and poverty reduction.

“This is in line with the DOLE’s mandate to give proper assistance to workers who suffer from unforeseen predicament in life,” Dir. Roldan said.

The Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (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.  (END/JVP/RBE)

 

by Jolina V. Pelovello

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2017-08-08
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