Metro Manila, Philippines—Over 700 workers in the informal sector benefitted from the livelihood and emergency employment program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on May 23, 2022 at the Arroceros Forest Park.

The “Labor Day Event for the Workers in the Informal Sector (WIS)” is another activity of the DOLE in view of the nationwide observance of the “Araw ng Manggagawa” every month of May.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III led the awarding of various assistance of the Department in coordination with DOLE-National Capital Region (NCR) and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Manila and Muntinlupa.

Of the said total beneficiaries, some 400 were recipients of the TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers Program who received their salaries that day.

DOLE also awarded various livelihood projects, such as Negosyo sa Kariton (NegoKart) for 100 individuals and BikeCINATION Project for 50 beneficiaries. Further, some 13 PWDs had been granted with e-Loading Business while 24 residents in Muntinlupa City received Bangka Project.

Said total beneficiaries also covered some 181 recipients of the ‘EnTSUPERneur’ Program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The Labor chief was also joined by DOLE Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay, DOLE-Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) Director, Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla and DOLE-NCR officials including Regional Director, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol; Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Jude Thomas P. Trayvilla; and Field Office Directors Rowella V. Grande (CAMANAVA), Atty. Olivia O. Obrero-Samson (OIC; MAKATI-PASAY), Ma. Corazon M. Pepito (MANILA), Leonides P. Castillon, Jr. (MUNTAPARLAS), Alicia L. Del Mundo (PAPAMAMARISAN), and Engr. Martin T. Jequinto (QUEZON CITY).

PESO Managers Fernan Bermejo from Manila LGU and Glenda Z. Aniñon from the Muntinlupa LGU were also present.

To further promote the rights and welfare of workers in the informal sector, the program also covered various seminars held by representatives from the Social Security System (social security coverage), Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (financial inclusion), and National Anti-Poverty Commission (policy advocacy).

Meanwhile, other officials also conveyed messages of support via video including NAPC Secretary Noel Felongco; International Labour Organization (ILO) – Philippines Director Khalid Hassan; and LTFRB-NCR Regional Director, Atty. Zona Russet M. Tamayo (on behalf of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade).

END / Hershey Aquino with report from Aurora Halcon