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DOLE on full force: holds three public events in a day

Quirino - The Department of Labor and Employment-Quirino Field Office (DOLE-QFO) held a Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced workers (TUPAD) program payout in Cabarroguis town, a DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) Starter Kit project awarding in the municipality of Aglipay, and the 6th public wage consultation in the region on April 27, 2022.

DOLE Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales and DOLE Provincial Director Laura B. Diciano attended the said TUPAD payout where a total of 81 beneficiaries from 17 barangays in Cabarroguis town benefited from the emergency employment program. Each beneficiary received P5,500 for 15 days of work including tree planting, seed preparation, and gardening in public spaces.

In his speech, Director Gonzales emphasized the “pakikipagkapwa tao” in times of crises. He also recognized the combined efforts of the government and the public in making the Department’s projects and programs possible.

Chief Diciano meanwhile explained to the beneficiaries to use their hard-earned stipend for their immediate needs, noting how the amount helps them considering the current price escalation.

Former tobacco farmers from Aglipay, Maddela, and Nagtipunan towns were thereafter awarded with livelihood kits as part of the DILP Starter Kit project. The 21 beneficiaries, whose livelihood undertakings vary from carpentry to fishing, received their desired equipment and materials necessary in putting up their businesses.

Aglipay town Mayor Jerry T. Agsalda meanwhile thanked the efforts of the DOLE and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) teams in aiding and providing for the beneficiaries' needs while Director Gonzales emphasized that the livelihood materials are meant to increase their chances of livelihood success.

Finally, the DOLE team attended the national public wage consultation at the main office of Diffun Saranay and Development Cooperative in Diffun, Quirino.  140 employers and employees, managers, and establishment owners from different towns in the province attended the consultation.

The DOLE-RO2 Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board composed of government agencies, private sectors, and employees’ representatives, facilitated the event. The wage consultation aims to review and possibly make arrangements to adjust the minimum stipend of workers in private sectors and domestic workers in the region.

The consultation is also meant to create flexible and practical wage rates considering the inevitable price increase of items in the market and other factors which significantly affect the economy.

Representatives from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), and the Local Government Unit of Diffun also took part in the facilitation of the said consultation. ### 

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