Over 2T workers in CV to benefit from P8.4M ‘TUPAD’ aid
CEBU CITY, April 16 (PIA) — A total of 2,103 informal sector workers in Central Visayas have started doing cleaning and sanitation work in their homes as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) continues to implement the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Sa Ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers (TUPAD).
Also dubbed as Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko or #BKBK, the program caters to workers in the informal sector, whose income is greatly affected after the declaration of the enhanced community quarantine (EQC) due to COVID-19.
The total wages covering beneficiaries coming from the different districts all over Central Visayas would reach a total of P8,496,120.
According to DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome Siaton, workers will be paid using the highest prescribed minimum wage rate applicable in the Region, which is P404 per day and are to work for only four hours daily.
Workers who may avail of TUPAD #BKBK are the following: self-employed, occasional workers, house helpers, transport drivers (PUVs, pedicabs, tricycle drivers, etc.), small enterprise operators, home workers, sub-minimum wage workers, farmers, vendors, and fishermen, among others.
“We are closely working with the local government units as they are the ones to provide us with the list or profile of workers. We would like to inform everyone that workers who have been endorsed by the LGU will be the ones who could avail the program,” said Siaton.
Local government units (LGUs) or their respective Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) or the barangays should write a letter of intent to the DOLE Field Office that has jurisdiction over their area or locality.
Once the letter of intent and the requirements have been received or approved by the field office, the LGU/barangay will be given forms to fill out.
“We are actually encouraging LGUs to shoulder for the cost of the tools and materials needed for cleaning and sanitation so that the funds we have could be spent solely for the wages of would-be beneficiaries and there will be more of them availing the program,” said Siaton.
Workers or individuals who are not qualified for TUPAD #BKBK are the following: (1) Beneficiaries of the Expanded and Enhanced Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps); (2) Beneficiaries of CAMP; (3) Beneficiaries of DSWD- Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS); and (4) Beneficiaries of the CASH assistance of DA for rice-planting farmers.
“Wages for beneficiaries under TUPAD #BKBK, just like with CAMP, will also be released through a money remittance center,” she said. (hfg with report from DOLE-7)