The secretary of the DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Silvestre, III released some 157.5 million pesos to 39,312 beneficiaries of the agency’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating program for displaced / disadvantaged workers (TUPAD) of the agency in the Zamboanga peninsula.
TUPAD is a community-based assistance program that provides emergency employment to displaced, underemployed and seasonal workers, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not exceeding a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of the work.
Bello personally oversaw the disbursement of the TUPAD payment to beneficiaries during his two-day visit to the region from Tuesday, October 5 to Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
Bello said the city of Zamboanga, which has the largest number of beneficiaries with 20,844, received the largest share of the funds of 173.4 million pesos with 78.1 million pesos.
The other zones received as follows: Zamboanga del Norte, 25.6 million pesos; Zamboanga del Sur, 25.1 million pesos; Isabela City, P24.4 million; and, Zamboanga Sibugay, 4 million pesos.
The number of TUPAD beneficiaries in other parts of the region is as follows: Isabela City, 7,202; Zamboanga del Sur, 5,129; Zamboanga del Norte, 5,018; and Zamboanga Sibugay, 1,119.
The nature of the work includes social community projects, economic community projects and agroforestry community projects.
Social community projects are the repair, maintenance and improvement of common public facilities and infrastructure such as schools and health centers, cleaning of debris, unblocking of canals, segregation of debris and recovery of materials. , storage and cleaning.
Economic projects include repair, maintenance or rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads, bridges, post-harvest facilities, public markets, and common service facilities such as production and exhibition centers and fishing ports.
Community agroforestry projects are tree planting, seedling preparation and reforestation.
The beneficiaries expressed their deepest gratitude to DOLE for giving them a job, albeit a temporary one, during this time of a health pandemic. (SunStar Zamboanga)