CAMIGUIN (PIA)--Providing emergency employment for 355 displaced workers, underemployed workers, and seasonal workers in Sagay, here, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Camiguin Provincial Office held the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) orientation, January 25, at the town's gymnasium.
"We are now in the Municipality of Sagay with 355 beneficiaries ang atong gi-orient and then kani siya is 15 days, 3 hours and 4 minutes nga employment. Ang iyang rate ani is P390 since na-approve man siya ang proposal last December before pa nag-start ang new minimum wage," said Jovelyn Perez of DOLE Camiguin.
(We are now in the municipality of Sagay, where we are orienting 355 beneficiaries. This is a 15-day, 3-hour, and 4-minute employment. The rate is P390 [per day], since the proposal was approved last December, before the new minimum wage took effect)
She added that at the end of the employment period (February 1–18), each beneficiary will receive P6,000 in cash.
One of the beneficiaries, Romel Castañares, 42, a farmer residing in Barangay Bacnit, said as a second-time beneficiary of TUPAD, he is thankful for the opportunity given to him, noting that his meager income could hardly make both ends meet.
"Katong una nako nga pagkadawat, dako kaayo og ikatabang sa pag-eskwela sa akong anak kay nahimo ni nilang allowance didto sa pag-eskwela, pambayad sa boarding house, allowance kada semana ug dako na kaayo og ikatabang para sa ako," Castañares said
(The first cash aid that I received really helped my children, especially with their studies. Their weekly allowance and board house rental were paid for with the grant. This was really a big help for me)
More residents of Camiguin will benefit from the said program, as DOLE-Camiguin will still hold the orientation and signing of contracts for the beneficiaries in Guinsiliban, with 127 beneficiaries, Mahinog (393), and Mambajao (953).
Sagay Mayor Richard Uayan also extended his gratitude to DOLE and the provincial government for responding to the needs of their constituents, particularly in Barangays Mayanan, Cuña, Balite, Manuyog, Bugang, Bacnit, and Alangilan. (RTP/PIA-10/Camiguin)