The Department of Labor and Employment – Cordillera Administrative Region spearheads the distribution of TUPAD Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to profiled qualified beneficiaries at the Manabo Stage and Gymnasium at Brgy. Poblacion, Manabo, Abra.

RD Nathaniel Lacambra CESO III, encouraged the workers to stay strong and vigilant amidst the scattered aftershocks felt in the region. RD Lacambra emphasized on the values of gratefulness and diligence.

ARD Atty. Anthony Wooden reminded the beneficiaries that they are entitled to the full amount of their labor, and will not get any deductions of any kind.

DOLE-Abra OIC Head Christopher B. Tugadi and TUPAD Focal Person Grace Bernal-Bandayrel provided a quick orientation on safety and health measures for the workers to follow.

The 244 worker-beneficiaries are engaged in a 15-day emergency employment program, and will perform cleaning and clearing activities in the earthquake-affected province.

Another batch of 244 worker-beneficiaries from San Juan, Abra were provided with their PPEs for the implementation of the TUPAD in their municipality.

The profiling for the engagement of subsequent TUPAD batches is ongoing.

The provision of emergency employment is part and parcel of the short-term action plan of the DOLE Earthquake Intervention Program. Long-term projects such as livelihood assistance and employment facilitation are underway.

Reports indicate that Abra and nearby provinces experience reoccurring aftershocks, which range from mild to average, disrupting some residents of their daily activities.

As government agencies and private-led groups render assistance and pour essential goods in its various municipalities, Abraneos continue to manifest their strength and resilience at the face of tragedy.

Babangon tayo, Abra!

-Daryll Ponard