DOLE to fund hiring of workers for Catanduanes clearing operations

Published November 3, 2020, 6:24 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Thousands of workers may now be hired to help clear the roads of Catanduanes from the debris of Typhoon “Rolly.”


Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said he will send funds for the hiring of 5,000 workers under their Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program for informal sector workers.

“I will send an amount to hire at least 5,000 people to clean the streets and the debris of Typhoon Rolly,”Bello said during a Malacañang press briefing Tuesday.

“The money has been downloaded,” he added.

The labor chief said this following the request of Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua for TUPAD in order to clear the roads and the delivery of relief goods will not be hampered.

TUPAD is a short-term emergency employment program of the DoLE to mitigate the impact of calamities, disasters and epidemics on workers in the informal economy.

The Labor department implemented a TUPAD – Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko (BKBK) program after the imposition of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon. 

Last May, DoLE said TUPAD BKBK benefited more than 300,000 workers who were paid the minimum wage in their respective areas for 10 days of disinfection and sanitation work of their dwellings and immediate vicinity.