As part of the continuous effort of the government to aid the vulnerable workers amidst the pandemic, the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) through its CAMANAVA Field Office implemented the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program, which culminated last July 7, 2021 at Kaunlaran Elementary School, Caloocan City.

Over 200 beneficiaries from several barangays in Caloocan finally received their pay for their 10-day community work. Aside from their payout, beneficiaries also received relief packages and cash assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to help their families during these trying times.

The payout activity was graced by DSWD Undersecretary Mitch Cajayon-Uy and representatives from the Office of Senator Christopher Lawrence Go. Labor department officials including DOLE Assistant Secretary Victor Del Rosario was also present together with DOLE-NCR CAMANAVA Field Office team as represented by Supervising Labor and Employment Officer (LEO) Maria Luisa Khristina Oliveros, TUPAD Focal Person Adrian Paul Dumaquit, Angelica Fresnoza and Patricia Mae Carillo.

In his video message for the TUPAD beneficiaries, DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III emphasized that the government is doing its best to provide aid through various programs for all Filipinos who need financial assistance.

“Ang tuluyan nating pagbangon ay hindi lamang nakasalalay sa pamahalaan lamang, kung hindi sa atin pong lahat. Ang ating pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan ang daan para sa ikagagaling ng ating ekonomiya at bayan,” he added.

As the country is still dealing with the COVID-19 health crisis, the TUPAD Payout was held in compliance with the health and safety protocols.

TUPAD is a continuous program implemented by DOLE for the communities with its aim of providing immediate source of income for vulnerable workers to help mitigate the extreme effects of the pandemic.

END / Rea Paulyn Mercado and Angelica Fresnoza