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TUPAD program fulfills dream of Isabela province mother

Marites D. Estera, 50, a resident of San Mateo, Isabela, has always dreamt about working for the government. She usually spends her days taking care of her children and doing chores at home while constantly thinking about having an opportunity to work for the government.


As her children started to grow and go to school, her desire to work and earn on her own grew. She does her best to make ends meet by doing laundry to complement her husband’s farming but even she knows that doing so would only partially cover for all their expenses.

That’s why she became elated upon knowing that DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) were enlisting qualified worker-beneficiaries in their area earlier this year. She immediately went to the municipal hall to enlist for a chance to be included in the pool.

As faith would have it, Marites was included and was given a change to work for ten (10) days planting vegetables in their barangay and doing clean-up activities as a mitigating effort to control the spread of COVID-19.

Nakatulong din po kami sa pagbibigay ng relief goods sa aming mga kababayan at nakatulong sa ibang mga proyekto tulad ng pagkakaroon ng nursery at iba pang beauty spots,” Marites said.

Marites is also thankful that for a short period of time, she had a stable source of income, something that is few and far between for her these days.

Napakagandang programa nito para sa mga gaya kong walang masasabing araw-araw na trabahong pagkakakitaan, nakakapagbigay tulong ito sa bawat pamilya at sa buong komunidad,” she added.

Marites says she sure is open for another opportunity to work for government programs such as TUPAD in the future while also urging others like her to pursue opportunities like the one she got from DOLE.

Nawa’y magkaroon pa po nang mga ganitong programa sa mga susunod pa pong mga buwan o taon,” she said in closing. ###

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