The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR), through the Makati-Pasay Field Office, conducted the ceremonial launching of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged / Displaced Workers (TUPAD) – Contact Tracing Project on May 11 and 14, 2021, at the 5th Floor of Makati City Hall and Eduardo Duay Calixto Center in Pasay City, respectively.

The TUPAD Contact Tracing Project, a special project of the DOLE in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), aims to provide emergency employment to displaced workers because of the current pandemic and to prevent, if not eliminate, the spread of COVID-19. The Department shifted the TUPAD Program into a contact tracing activity and implemented across the cities in the National Capital Region as the hired applicants shall provide additional support and service specifically in identifying those who contracted the said virus. The Program will run for 90 days instead of the original maximum duration of 14 days under the Department’s regular TUPAD.

Makati and Pasay were among the cities identified with high number of COVID-19 active cases for the past few months and, as part of the initiatives of the local government units to control the spread of the virus, the contact tracers were hired; vaccination to priority groups are on-going; and additional health care facilities to cater patients affected by the pandemic were created.

About 259 and 192 beneficiaries were hired as Contact Tracers in Makati and Pasay, respectively, or a total of 451 for both cities. One of the selected beneficiaries is Mallory Kay Benig, 20 years old, a former waitress in a restaurant who lost her job due to the pandemic. According to her, she decided to apply as TUPAD Contact Tracer to help provide for her family with their daily needs and to save money for her studies. She thanked the Makati PESO for the opportunity.

Present during the symbolic contract signing activity were Atty. Cherry Canda-Melodias, Makati DILG Director; Dr. Gale Legaspi, Head, Makati Health Department (MHD-CESU); Dr. Jane Rivero, Medical Officer IV (MHD-CESU); Dr. Jovito Alebin Jr., Medical Officer III (MHD-CESU); Josephine Camata-Copada, OIC-Makati PESO Manager; and Jon-jon Arches, Makati PESO Staff.

On the other hand, present during the launching in Pasay were Filipinas Rosario Sampang, Pasay PESO Manager and Mikhail Lawrence Ramson Llorca, Disease Surveillance Officer, Pasay DILG-CESU.

Atty. Olivia O. Obrero-Samson, OIC-Director II of Makati-Pasay Field Office, attended both activities and expressed her gratitude to all the newly hired TUPAD Contact Tracers and partners in the program implementation.

END / Katrina Otadoy