BONTOC, Mountain Province, April 8(PIA)–The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) continues to provide assistance to informal sector workers in the province who were displaced or whose livelihood were affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
DOLE-Cordillera Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra turned over to Governor Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. a symbolic check amounting to P100, 298,585.00 for the Tulong Pangkabuhayan para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced (TUPAD) Workers during the celebration of the province’s 54th Foundation Anniversary on Wednesday, April 7.
Lacambra said the TUPAD will be implemented by the provincial government across the province. The municipality of Bontoc, which is the most COVID-affected in the province, was also given separate P10M TUPAD assistance. He also mentioned their office received recently another advice of allotment of which some selected municipalities in the province will have a share in the total amount of P104M.
The TUPAD is DOLE’s answer to the displacements created by COVID-19.
Lacwasan expressed his profound gratitude to DOLE headed by Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III and to the DOLE-CAR for the timely implementation of TUPAD program which has greatly benefited the people in Mountain Province. He said the province was able to implement the amount of P54M TUPAD assistance in 2020 which benefited some 8,197 informal workers from all ten municipalities.
“This 2021, we will again be implementing the amount of P100 million TUPAD assistance. With the continuing granular lockdown in our municipalities and where entry and exit from places is regulated, this cash – for – work program will be a very great help to our people. The adverse economic impact brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic is so vast that it left many of our people struggling. Thus, we, in the local government units, are appreciative of the countless projects and programs which the national line agencies have been giving us,” Lacwasan said.
END/ (JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mt. Province)