The Department of Education (DepEd) – Schools Division Office in Las Piñas City recognized the 236 beneficiaries of TUPAD or the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers who took part in their public campus clean-up drive activity.

Held on October 11, 2022 at the Las Piñas City Schools Divisions Office Conference Hall, the culminating activity was conducted in partnership with the Community Anti-Crime Group – Las Piñas City Chapter (CACG-LPCC) and the MUNTAPARLAS Field Office of the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR).

The TUPAD workers were deployed in 11 public elementary and high schools in the city to help in the maintenance, rehabilitation, and beautification of campus facilities and immediate surroundings for a period of 14 compensable days equivalent to 7,980.00 pesos.

Some key officials attended the program, including DOLE-NCR MUNTAPARLAS Field Office (MTPLFO) Director, Mr. Leonides P. Castillon, Jr.; Las Piñas City Schools Division Superintendent, Dr. Raquel Austero; Schools Governance & Operations Division (SGOD) head, Dr. Aldrin G. Corpin; CACG-LPCC Vice President, Mr. Rico Espiritu; and Schools Mobilization and Networking Section head, Mr. Raygeinald P. Villacorta.

In his address, Director Castillon, Jr. personally congratulated and recognized the beneficiaries for their invaluable efforts in maintaining and improving the facilities of the school they were assigned in. He also expressed his appreciation to the program partners who consistently coordinated with their Field Office’s Senior Labor and Employment Officer and TUPAD focal person, Ms. Maritess D.L. Bassig throughout the program’s engagement period.

Likewise, Dr. Joel T. Torrecampo, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent, acknowledged the Department for the partnership that benefited not only its public schools but also the TUPAD beneficiaries who are also Las Piñas City residents.

As the highlight of the activity, the beneficiaries were presented with certificates as proof of their TUPAD program engagement of which they can also use for their future job applications.

TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that provides temporary wage employment to disadvantaged or displaced informal sector workers while supporting social, economic, or agro-forestry community projects that benefit the public.

END / Ericka Escalada and Christopher Gregorio