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Two regions have started hiring typhoon-affected workers on a temporary basis.

According to a Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) official, the Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao areas have begun offering emergency employment support to informal sector employees affected by Typhoon Odette.

“They started on December 17 – a day after Typhoon Odette hit our country,” said the (DOLE) Regional Office Number 8 (Eastern Visayas). They started on December 20 in Region 10 (Northern Mindanao),” said Ma. Karina Perida-Travilla, chief of the agency’s Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), at a Laging Handa briefing.

She went on to say that workers in other affected locations will be profiled.

“A quick profile will be conducted by Regions 6 (Western Visayas), 13 (Caraga), and 4-B (Mimaropa), as well as Ceb. They are currently doing rapid profiling for our beneficiaries who will be enrolled in the TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers) Program, which will help them with early rehabilitation and recovery in their communities,” she explained.

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III had previously approved a PHP100 million allocation for TUPAD to the hardest-hit regions in Visayas and Mindanao.

For the emergency employment of a total of 25,000 beneficiaries, each region will receive PHP20 million.

For ten days, informal sector employees will be provided emergency job clearing, de-clogging canals, debris segregation, materials recovery, and other activities required for the rehabilitation of their communities.

TUPAD is a community-based remediation program that gives emergency employment to displaced, underemployed, and seasonal employees for a minimum of 10 days to a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of the work to be done.

The salary will be determined by the region’s current minimum wage and will be paid through a money remittance service provider.

Meanwhile, Trayvilla said that TUPAD had benefited nearly two million informal sector workers as of December 17, with a budget of PHP9.6 billion.

She stated that PHP20 billion has been set aside for the initiative in the year 2022.

“We have about PHP20 billion set aside for the TUPAD Program in our national expenditure program for the 2022 budget, and we expect 4.7 million people to benefit from it and be provided jobs for ten days,” the DOLE official stated.

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