Separated from his wife and a father of two, Mr. Danilo Marquez from the City of Malabon was a renowned team leader in a financial aiding company based in Meycauayan, Bulacan. Tides changed when the value of the peso against the dollar hit rock bottom causing the owner of the office to close its doors in 2016.

The situation left Marquez and the rest of his co-employees jobless.

Faced with the dilemma of finding a job to continue to provide for his children, Marquez turned to the City Government of Malabon through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) to seek employment or any similar assistance that he can avail of.

Marquez was offered to be a beneficiary of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). TUPAD provides a community-based employment for the underemployed, displaced workers and victims of calamity for 10 days but not exceeding 30 days, depending on the nature of the job to be done.

As a TUPAD beneficiary, Marquez assisted his colleagues in preparing and collating their documentary requirements for the processing of salary.

At that time, Marquez’s attention to detail caught the eye of Malabon City PESO Manager Ms. Florescelle Austria.

At the end of his TUPAD contract, Marquez became a Job Order personnel at PESO Malabon. Through hard work and discipline, he was later on promoted as an Admin Aide in the same office.

To date, Marquez acts as the PESO Malabon Livelihood Program Focal Person while directly involved in the Office’s delivery of different programs and services.

Marquez’s daughter is now an IT graduate from the City of Malabon University who works in a BPO company while his son is a Senior High School graduate who works in a restaurant in SM San Lazaro.

Asked for a message for other fathers who have been displaced from work, he said: “Kung magmumukmok lang tayo sa isang tabi, walang mangyayari… bilang mga ama, unahin natin ang kapakanan ng mga anak. Lapit din tayo sa gobyerno, baka hindi natin alam may mga programa ang gobyerno gaya ng TUPAD na makakatulong sa atin na nawalan ng hanapbuhay,” Marquez said.

END / Angelica Fresnoza