A lawmaker has assured that the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will continue to assist Mindanaoan families in these difficult times.
Davao City Rep. Paolo Z. Duterte has committed to aiding individuals who require assistance, while the DOLE has ensured the continuity of the TUPAD program.
He said over 3,000 identified beneficiaries from Davao City’s first district have received their TUPAD payout.
TUPAD is a support program for displaced individuals with limited employment opportunities or who work seasonally. It provides immediate assistance to its beneficiaries for at least 10 days, or 30 days at maximum, depending on the specific job requirements.
Displaced, disadvantaged workers, unemployed, and senior citizens were given opportunities by the government in various community improvement projects, including tree planting, gardening, canal declogging, and refurbishment of tourist attractions.
According to the office of Duterte, 5,430 individuals applied for the DOLE program. The latter conducts the assessment after profiling the applicants completed by the First Congressional District Office (FCDO).
Meanwhile, 3,422 individuals have already received their payout. The distribution is ongoing, as thousands of recipients have yet to receive their payout in upcoming weeks. Among the recipients are carpenters, laborers, shine boys, street vendors, and fire victims.
The FCDO and the DOLE–Davao have been working together to assist thousands of impoverished residents through the TUPAD program.