DOLE readies P306-M aid to informal sector workers displaced by ‘Rolly’

Published November 6, 2020, 5:55 PM

by Betheena Unite

Workers from the informal sector heavily-affected by super typhoon Rolly are being targeted for the Department of Labor and Employment’s emergency employment program.


Around 5,000 workers in the provinces in Bicol Region, Regions IV-A and IV-B will benefit from the department’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).

According to Labor Undersecretary Ana Dione, a total of P306 million have been set aside for the emergency employment assistance of workers in Rolly-hit provinces.

“Iyon pong buong budget naibaba na po, nasa regional offices na po, a total of P306 million at of course ang pinakamalaki po doon ay sa Region V, P200 million po; sa Region IV-A, P33 million at saka sa IV-B po ay P73 million (The P306-million budget has been handed over to the regional offices. Region V will get the biggest share with P200 million. Region IV-A got P33 million, while Region IV-B received P73 million),” Dione said over a televised press briefing Friday.

The Labor official said local government units are now working on the profiling of beneficiaries.

There are two ways to avail of the assistance. Workers from the  informal sectors may coordinate with their barangay captains and express their desire to be included in the list of TUPAD beneficiaries.

“We expect the barangay captain to submit the list through our Public Employment Service Office in the municipality so that people won’t need to go far. So, through the barangay captain and the Public Service Employment Office manager, they will be connected to the Department of Labor,” Dione explained.

Another way to be included in the list of beneficiaries is by going directly to the department’s regional offices, if they are near the offices.

Dione said after the submission of lists, it will then undergo validation.