Participants to the TUPAD Project orientation line up to register. (Photo courtesy of PIA)

CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) led by DOLE OrMin Team Leader Ramezes R. Torres recently brought assistance package of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program in different municipalities of Oriental Mindoro.

Under this program, Torres said workers are provided with emergency employment for social community projects which include repair and maintenance, improvement of public facilities and infrastructure, debris cleaning, de-clogging of canals, debris segregation and materials recovery, stockpiling and clearing.

Based on the initial report of DOLE OrMin, it says that more than 1,000 workers were identified in barangay level as either displaced, underemployed and unemployed. These individuals were qualified to render emergency employment for a period of at least 10 days.

Recipients of the program include 250 workers from Pinamalayan, 50 from Socorro, 400 from Naujan and 450 from Calapan City.

After rendering 10 days of community service, beneficiaries of the program are entitled to receive 100 percent of the prevailing minimum wage of P320 per day bringing a total amount of wages to P3.68 million. DOLE will facilitate the payment.

In the recent orientation conducted by DOLE, the team facilitated the workers’ orientation on occupational safety and health, contract signing, ID preparation and registration with the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). Likewise, protective equipment to be used during the entire period of work was released by DOLE to individual workers.

Mari-jo L. Cordova, staff from DOLE-OrMin Provincial Office said the municipalities of Bongabong and Baco will be the next destination of the same activity. (LTC/MLC/DOLE-OrMin)

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