May 26, 2024

The Marcos administration is seeking an allocation of P12.92 billion for the implementation of the Department of Labor and Employment’s emergency employment program, Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers (Tupad) in 2024.

In a statement, the Department of Budget and Management said the allotment of P12.92B for the Tupad program under the 2024 National Expenditure Program is vital to bolster job creation for Filipinos.

The DBM said Tupad, a community-based package of assistance providing emergency employment, is expected to benefit over 1.36 million displaced, underemployed, and seasonal workers.

The program provides occupation to Filipinos for 10  to 90 days, depending on the nature of the work to be performed.

“All disadvantaged workers aged 18 and older are qualified as program beneficiaries. Senior citizens are also eligible for the program, provided they are fit to work and would not engage in hazardous work,” the DBM said.

Only one member per family shall be eligible for the assistance. In no instance shall the beneficiaries be availed of more than once in a calendar year, except in cases of natural or human-induced disaster or calamity.

DBM Sec. Amenah Pangandaman said the proposed budget for the Tupad program will be ta-ken from the P16.4B allotted for DOLE’s Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program.

Pangandaman said the government aims to strengthen social protection measures to ensure that no one will be left behind, especially the marginalized and vulnerable sectors. – PNA