Around 576 residents of Puerto Princesa City and Aborlan are included in the Emergency Employment Program-Tulong Pang-hanapbuhay para sa Ating Displaced Workers (EEP-TUPAD) under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

DOLE-Palawan Field Officer Luigi Evangelista explained that under this program, workers are provided with emergency employment for social community projects which include repair and maintenance, improvement of public facilities and infrastructure, debris cleaning, declogging of canals, debris segregation, and materials recovery, stockpiling and clearing.

“Ang mga ito (disadvantage workers) ay ang mga nabibilang sa informal sector tulad ng mga tricycle driver, fisherman, farmer, vendor, ‘yong mga hindi sapat ang kinikita para kahit papaano ay magkaroon ng dagdag na pagkakakitaan ang mga ito,” he said.

These individuals were qualified to render emergency employment for a period of at least 30 days.

After rendering 30 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 P9,600 for the whole month.

In the recent orientation conducted by DOLE at Puerto Princesa City, 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.

The office of Rep. Gil Acosta Jr. (3rd District, Palawan) will facilitate the fund.

“Bagama’t ang magpapa-implementa ng programang TUPAD ay ang DOLE, ang pondo para dito ay pangangasiwaan ng tanggapan ni Rep. Acosta na siyang naghanap,” Evangelista said.

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