The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional office here has distributed around PHP318.5 million to workers in Central Luzon under the agency’s cash-for-work program.
DOLE regional director Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita said on Tuesday that a total of 50,827 workers in the region were given emergency employment under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.
Campita said the implementation of TUPAD is pursuant to the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to speed up assistance to the most vulnerable members of society.
Of the total number of beneficiaries, 13,249 were from Pampanga, 10,861 were from Bulacan; 10,096 from Tarlac; 5,122 from Aurora; 4,885 from Zambales; 3,591 from Nueva Ecija; and 3,023 from Bataan.
Campita said TUPAD aims to provide temporary wage employment to workers in the informal sector economy.
In line with the Covid-19 pandemic, she said that DOLE expanded the TUPAD program to cover workers who are affected by government measures to control the spread of the virus.
Under the program, beneficiaries are paid for work done for a minimum of 10 days to a maximum of 16 days based on the threshold requirements in the area.
Central Luzon had TUPAD allocation under Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2) which stood at PHP587.1 million.
Source: Philippines News agency