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TUPAD benefits 141,709 displaced workers in CAR

BAGUIO CITY (PIA) — A total of 141,709 displaced informal sector workers in the Cordillera Region have benefitted from the TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

DOLE – CAR Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra, in a recent kapihan media forum on Wednesday, reported that the Agency has disbursed a total of P840.25 million in wages for the emergency community work program.

Lacambra said Mountain Province has the most TUPAD beneficiaries with 35,307, followed by Abra with 26,472; Benguet with 24,302; Apayao with 16,746; Ifugao with 16,407; Baguio City with 13,238,  and Kalinga with 9,237.

For the first quarter of this year, DOLE–CAR already disbursed  around P94.71 million. to 17,464 TUPAD beneficiaries.  

Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra (left) reporting on DOLE - CAR's accomplishments and update from the recent Labor Day Jobs Fair. Other in photo are officials from ECC, NRCO and OWWA. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Lacambra shared that DOLE – CAR’s indicative target for TUPAD this 2022 is to provide emergency employment to at least 200,000 displaced workers with a funding allotment of P1.2 billion..

TUPAD beneficiaries in 2021 can also apply again this year as long as they belong to the displaced worker category. Those who want to apply for the program can visit the DOLE Field Offices in the different city/province in the region, he added.

Lacambra clarified that barangay officials, tanod or health workers; as well Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and other workers who are beneficiaries of other government programs cannot avail of TUPAD.

In the same forum, Lacambra affirmed that other DOLE programs Special Program for the Employment of Students, the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program and the Public Employment Service (DILP), in partnership with the Public Employment Service Offices of the different Local Government Units in the region, continue to help the intended beneficiaries.

In 2021, the SPES assisted  a total of 5,826 youth with a total disbursement of around P23.6 million; the PES assisted 114,765 qualified jobseekers referred by the LGU PESOs while DILP provided around P31.53M livelihood assistance to 2,577 beneficiaries.

Also  joining  the forum were  DOLE CAR Asst. Regional Director Anthony Wooden Jr., and  officials of the DOLE – attached regional agencies- Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Professional Regulation Commission, Employees Compensation Commission, Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board, Occupational Safety and Health Center and National Conciliation and Mediation Board to share their programs, services and accomplishments. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)  

RTWPB Board Secretary Atty. Marvie Fulgencio giving an update on the minimum daily wages in Cordillera and the relative actions being undertaken by the board. Also in photo are OSHC Information Officer Regine Blas and PRC Regional Director Juanita Domogen. (CCD/PIA CAR)

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Carlito Dar



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