As part of the celebration of its 87th founding anniversary, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday held a nationwide payout of wages under its Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).
Photo credit to Davao City Information Office
In a ceremony at the Kartilya ng Katipunan Park in Manila City, DOLE-National Capital Region (NCR) Regional Director Bambi Mirasol and Undersecretary Ana Dione led the turnover of the wages of TUPAD worker-beneficiaries.
For their part, 16 other DOLE regional offices in the country simultaneously distributed the TUPAD wages.
In a message for the occasion, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III reiterated his utmost gratitude to the personnel of DOLE for their outstanding commitment to promoting the welfare of workers amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Matindi ang mga hamon na dumating at darating ngunit handa tayo na sumagot sa tawag ng tungkulin dahil sa ating matatag na samahan. Umaasa ako na sa pamamagitan ng pag-iingat at pagsunod sa mga alituntuinin sa ligtas na hanapbuhay ay maipagpapatuloy natin ang sama-samang pagkilos upang maisulong natin ang kapakanan ng mga manggagawa,” Bello said.
Pursuant to the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2), with the goal to provide temporary wage employment to workers in the informal sector who were displaced or whose earnings were heavily affected by the ongoing health crisis, the government allocated a total of P4.9 billion was allocated for the cash for work program.
Furthermore, DOLE is also giving out financial assistance under the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP), a safety-net program that offers a one-time financial support, amounting to P5,000, to workers in private establishments, regardless of their employment status, that have adopted flexible work arrangements or temporary closure during the pandemic, and Abot Kamay Ang Pagtulong (AKAP) Program, which provides a one-time $200 (P10,000) cash aid for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) whose incomes were affected by the pandemic as most if not all were repatriated.
The government allocated a total of P7.4 billion for CAMP beneficiaries while a total of P1.8 billion financial aid was allocated for AKAP beneficiaries.
In addition, the agency has also provided livelihood assistance under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP) or Kabuhayan Program, that provides sustainable self-employment through easy to learn livelihood activities. It has an allocation of P132 million.