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Big Break given to a TUPAD Beneficiary

It was unthinkable for a 54-year-old Joe Artuz that his life will suddenly change. From a farm laborer who grew up in poverty, enduring the scorching heat of the sun, and braving the harsh conditions of life to a manager of a big project.

Artuz is a native of Nagtipunan, Quirino, and one of the worker-beneficiaries of DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Worker (TUPAD) Program for the years 2019 and 2020.   TUPAD is one of DOLE's program which offer community based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced, underemployed and seasonal workers for a minimum of 10 days and not exceeding 30 days.

Artuz was a TUPAD worker assigned at Landingan Viewpoint, a recently developed tourist destination in Quirino. During his employment, he has shown indefinable efficiency.  The quality of his work, self-discipline and commitment lead to greater opportunities.

On June 2020, he got his big break when he was offered a position by the Office of the Municipal Mayor of Nagtipunan, Quirino as a Project Manager (consultant) of the Landingan View Point.


Being the Project Manager, he introduced the planting of ornamental trees such as 2000 African tulips, fire and cacao trees, and coffee plants. These trees are now a potential source of income to Nagtipuneros as it can be raw products for various livelihood projects such as Cacao and Coffee Productions.

He also suggested the "Pick and Pay” vegetable garden wherein tourists may select and pick varieties of fresh vegetables and pay for the same. Floating houses were also placed in addition to the current tourist attractions. 

During an interview, he expressed his heartfelt gratitude to DOLE, saying, "Malaking bagay na napasama ako sa programa ng DOLE na TUPAD. Laking pasasalamat ko dahil ito ang naging daan para makamit ko ang trabaho ngayon. Hindi ko inakala na mula sa isang simpleng mangagawa, ako’y magiging ganap na Project Manager. Ang kita ko nuon maliit lang. Halos tama lang sa pamilya ko. Ngayon, dalawampung libong piso kada buwan na. Napakalaking bagay ito para sa aking pamilya."  

Joe Artuz is a manifestation that great things can happen if a person perseveres. Through his untiring dedication and commitment to his work, he never ceases to think of creative ways to make his job interesting and meaningful.  END(HDN/DLGL).

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