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DOLE releases P243.98M for TUPAD workers’ wages in Cagayan, Batanes


Tuguegarao City, Cagayan – At least 45,280 underemployed and displaced workers were granted emergency employment last year in Cagayan and Batanes provinces under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

DOLE RO2 was able to process and release the workers’ wages amounting to P234.98M in Cagayan, while P8.73M was released in Batanes for 42,483 and 1,797 workers, respectively. 

TUPAD workers in the provinces were required to submit their daily time records duly approved by their respective barangay captains, accomplishment reports and documentations of work activities before the release of wages payments.

Ms. Prexie Caronan, Chief of the DOLE Cagayan-Batanes Field Office (CBFO) said the beneficiaries were those retrenched due to the closure of establishments, implemented work arrangements and temporary suspension of work.  

Since the March 2020 community quarantine due to COVID-19 protocols, a number of business establishments went on bankruptcy due to bleak market situation that plunged the country into economic uncertainty.  Workers who lose jobs and those who opted to work on rotation basis were the most affected workers by the pandemic with the TUPAD program coming in as intervention mechanism to reduce the impact of the pandemic.

The DOLE-CBFO successfully implemented the TUPAD program in two phases. For Bayanihan 1, there were 2,730 workers in Cagayan and Batanes had 673 workers granted emergency employment, while Bayanihan 2 served the highest at 39,753 workers in Cagayan and 1,124 in Batanes.

The workers were tasked to provide community service, clerical works, tree planting and minor repairs of government infrastructure, among others. Each TUPAD worker is paid P370.00 per day, the minimum salary wage in the province or an amount of P3,700 to P5,500 as wages per beneficiary.

TUPAD beneficiaries are market vendors, farmers, drivers from the small transport groups, displaced workers in private business establishments, parents of children at risks, indigenous people, among others. ###

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