The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) together with other government agencies extended assistance to the residents of Barangay 719 in Malate, Manila after a fire hit the residential area on March 9, 2021, affecting 320 families.

On March 12, 2021, Labor Assistant Secretary Victor Del Rosario visited the fire victims who are temporarily sheltered at Aurora Quezon Elementary School. He said that DOLE will initially provide some 100 individuals with emergency employment through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) while 10 individuals with Negosyo sa Kariton (Nego-Karts).

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go also extended assistance and distributed relief goods, including masks and face shields. 

Along with DOLE are other government partners and agencies such as DTI that granted livelihood programs, DSWD for financial assistance, and PAGCOR for hygiene kits, among others. 

TUPAD is a flagship program of DOLE that provides emergency employment for the vulnerable workers while Nego-Kart is focused on making livelihood business more profitable.

END / Ernest Mhel Aranda and Caesar Dela Cruz