April 14, 2024

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Four hundred sixteen informal workers in the province are the latest beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Disadvantaged Workers (Tupad) program of the Department of Labor and Employment.

Beneficiaries include 50 from Balbalan, 166 from Rizal, and 200 from Tabuk City, DOLE-Kalinga head Avelina Manganip said.

The provincial government tied up with DOLE that provided the P2 million for the salaries of the workers.

Governor James S. Edduba said the work schedule for latest batch of beneficiaries was in time to provide workers from low-income families financial aid for a joyful celebration of the Yuletide season.

The 10-day work under the program was rendered Dec. 1 to15, 2023.

The daily wage rate for those who worked on Dec. 1 to 4 was P400 but was adjusted to P430 per day effective Dec. 5, 2023 based on the new daily minimum wage rate in the region.

Tupad is an emergency employment program of the DOLE which targets displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers by providing them temporary community work for at least 10 days to a maximum of 90 days depending on the nature of the work to be performed.

All disadvantaged workers 18 years old and above and even senior citizens are eligible for the program, provided they are fit to work and would not engage in hazardous work. – Larry T. Lopez