By Mike Crismundo
BUTUAN CITY – Displaced workers in six towns in the land-locked province of Agusan del Sur have already received their benefits from the government’s “Tulong Pangkabuhayan para sa Displaced/Disadvantaged (TUPAD)”, “Bahay Ko Barangay Ko (BKBK)” program.
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Director Chona M. Mantilla said the agency’s provincial office of Agusan del Sur already released the salaries of the TUPAD Workers # BKBK program in six towns in that province.
On April 15 to16, a total of 285 beneficiaries from six towns received P 3,200 each, which was equivalent to 10 days disinfection/sanitation work program in their respective barangays, the region’s top DOLE 13 chief said.
The beneficiaries came from the towns Rosario, San Luis, Esperanza and Veruela with 50 #BKBK workers each; Bayugan City with 55 workers; and 33 workers from the provincial government of Agusan del Sur.
The release of salaries was held in the designated location of each municipality practicing social distancing as a protocol for the preventive measure on the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“DOLE is still processing papers of TUPAD #BKBK beneficiaries in various parts in the region,” Mantilla said.
She said the agency was still awaiting payment to 1, 862 work of home workers, with budget recommended allocation of P5.99 million in Agusan del Sur province.
As of Friday, April 17, Agusan del Sur TUPAD #BKBK 625 workers have been paid P2 million for 10 days work at home, Mantilla added.
TUPAD #BKBK is one of the programs of the government facilitated by DOLE to aid the informal sector workers who are affected by the current pandemic COVID-19.