Baguio City – The Department of Labor and Employment will provide livelihood support to workers and their families affected by Typhoon Ompong in the hardest hit areas in the Cordillera Administrative Region through the emergency employment assistance.
DOLE-CAR Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman issued a memorandum to all DOLE provincial offices to coordinate with local chief executives and Public Employment Service Office managers so their constituents can avail of the Tulong panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers (Tupad) Program or the Emergency Employment Program (EEP).
The program is DOLE’s way of providing relief and emergency livelihood assistance to victims of natural calamities.
With the urgent need to provide post-disaster intervention to workers affected by natural calamities, provision of personal protective equipment such as hats and t-shirts, will no longer be required provided that work programs do not fall under hazardous work as defined in Rule 1013 or the Occupational Safety and Health Standards.
The EEP provides immediate and decent livelihood support in areas hit by calamities. The idea is to create jobs while clearing off and rebuilding light infrastructure in affected areas. This way, we’re not only putting much-needed cash in their hands but also helping them develop new skills such as carpentry, masonry, and basic accounting, which they can apply as workers or entrepreneurs. The victims are also provided with social protection, including minimum wage, health and accident insurance.
The DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (Dileep) seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce vulnerability risks of the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers, either through transitional emergency employment and promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprise.
The beneficiaries are workers in the informal sector, particularly the self-employed and unpaid family workers.
The Dileep has two component programs namely livelihood, or the Kabuhayan program; and the EEP or Tupad.
The Tupad is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed, and unemployed poor, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed.
DOLE regional offices implement the Kabuhayan and Tupad components of the Dileep either by direct administration or through an accredited community partner.
Livelihood is grant assistance for capacity building on livelihood for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers. It provides working capital for the purchase of equipment, tools and jigs, raw materials, among others, to be used for livelihood undertakings.
The priority beneficiaries of the kabuhayan grant are the self-employed workers who are unable to earn sufficient income; marginalized and landless farmers, unpaid family workers, parents of child laborers, low-wage and seasonal workers and workers displaced or to be displaced as a result of natural and man-made disasters.
Beneficiaries of the Tupad program are those who are unemployed or under-employed; those who were laid-off or terminated as a result of permanent closure of an establishment; and those who were self-employed and have lost their livelihood including farmers and fishermen because of natural or man-made disasters. Only one member of a household is qualified to avail of the program.
The timely implementation of the EEP accelerated critical public work activities that were short-handed at the early stage of relief support. The program also enabled vulnerable households, which lost their means of livelihood, to survive the critical period through wages and social protection benefits, thus minimizing dependency on relief aid and contributing to the self-recovery of the locals.
For more information on Dileep and Tupad, call us at 443-5339, 443-5338 or email us at email@example.com.
END/Patrick T Rillorta