January 29, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The Office of Rep. Maximo Dalog, Jr., in partnership with the Department of Labor and Labor Employment-Cordillera, provided assistance to informal workers affected by the Covid-19 in the province.
The program is under the Tulong Pangkabuhayan para sa ating Displaced/Disadvantage workers, Barangay Ko Bahay Ko (Tupad BKBK) Program.
DOLE Provincial Office Labor and Employment Officer III Amaranth Abalos said 857 workers in the informal sector from the 10 municipalities benefitted from the program. Ninety-two beneficiaries were from Bontoc and 85 each were from the rest of the towns.
Tupad program provides 10-day work for the beneficiaries who are paid P350 daily, Abalos said, adding this is the first batch of the Tupad program partnership with Dalog.
Abalos added the Philippine Rural Electric Cooperatives Association is set to sponsor the wage for 10-day work of 100 informal sector workers from the province.
The Tupad BKBK program aims to provide employment assistance to workers in the informal sector who were displaced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Beneficiaries are given a minimum of 10-day work with a daily wage based on the prevailing regional minimum daily. Jobs include community cleanup or disinfection/sanitation in the barangay level.
Based on data from the DOLE-Cordillera as of Aug. 12, the Tupad BKBK program already benefitted 15,107 informal sector workers from the six provinces of the Cordillera and Baguio City, with a total of around P1.16 million in wages paid. – Carlito C. Dar

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