February 22, 2024

LAGAWE, Ifugao – A total of 659 workers from six towns of the province are the latest beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced (Tupad) workers program of the Department of Labor and Employment.
Labor and Employment Officer David Damoyan, focal person for the project, said DOLE paid P5,750,725 for the compensation of Tupad beneficiaries from Asipulo with 125 workers;  Tinoc, 130; Kiangan, 140; Lagawe, 84; Mayoyao, 55; and Alfonso Lista, 125.
Tupad is a community-based packaged of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed, and seasonal workers for a minimum of 10 days to a maximum of 30 days depending on the nature of the work.
They are paid based on the minimum wage for employees in the private sector in the area, subject to the submission of daily time records.
The activities under the program include social community projects such as repair, maintenance, or improvement of common public facilities and infrastructure such as schools and health centers, debris clearing, de-clogging of canals, debris segregation, and materials recovery stockpiling and clearing.
Under economic community projects are repair, maintenance, and or rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads, bridges, post-harvest facilities, public markets and common service facilities such as production and display centers, fishports.
Agroforestry community projects include tree planting, seedling preparation, and reforestation.
To be eligible  for this program, one must be underemployed, laid-off or terminated as a result of retrenchment or permanent closure of an establishment, self-employed (including farmers or fishermen) but have lost their livelihoods because of natural calamities/disasters, economic crisis, armed conflicts or seasonality of work.
Only one member of a household can qualify for the program in a year, but a beneficiary can avail again in the event he/she becomes a victim of a calamity or disaster. – Dan B. Codamon