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DOLE-TUPAD assistance is provided to displaced Mountain Province employees.

On Saturday, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) distributed more than PHP100 million in assistance to more than 9,000 vulnerable workers from various municipalities in Mountain Province as part of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program of the Department of Labor and Employment.

TUPAD, the Department of Labor’s main initiative, offers emergency employment to informal sector workers who have been impacted by natural catastrophes or tragedies, such as the current Covid-19 epidemic.

In Sabangan, workers-beneficiaries from five towns throughout the province converged for the ceremonial distribution of financial aid, which was accompanied by provincial and municipal authorities.

Paracelis, which has 4,857 beneficiaries and received PHP54,998,500, Natonin, which has 318 beneficiaries and PHP1,800,198, and Barlic, which received PHP1,460,538 and has 258 beneficiaries, were all assisted by Secretary Silvestre Bello III, who was joined by other Department of Labor and Employment officials from national and regional offices in the effort.

It was decided that Bontoc would get PHP492,507 for its 87 recipients, while Tadian would receive PHP549,300 for its 97 beneficiaries.

In Sabangan, the Department of Labor and Employment reported a TUPAD payment of PHP46,709,991 for 4,281 recipients.

Sabangan Mayor Marcial Lawilao Jr. expressed his gratitude to the Department of Labor and Employment for its unwavering support and help.

“The inhabitants of Sabangan are very fortunate for a variety of reasons, the most important of which are as follows: As a beneficiary of TUPAD funds, and as a result of Secretary Bello personally visiting our municipality, we have two distinct advantages “he said.

Dr. Marcos Ayangwa, the mayor of Paracelis, stated that more than 4,000 employees in his municipality had not yet recovered from the damage inflicted by typhoon Rosita in October 2018, when the epidemic hit.

During the storm, Paracelis’ banana and maize crops were completely destroyed.

β€œIt is a significant assistance to us,” the mayor said in a press statement issued on Sunday.

A rice farmer in her eighties, Carmen Tabanganay, plans to spend the PHP10,500 she got to purchase a mower for her rice field, while college student Jimbo Fabregas plans to use the money to pay for his education.

During the pandemic, Mountain Province Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr. said that Bello has provided them with PHP101 million worth of different relief initiatives, according to Lacwasan.

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