Pandemic assistance: DOLE's 'Tupad' aid reaches 2.9 M displaced workers

Published September 3, 2021, 2:18 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

At least 2.9 million displaced Filipino workers from the formal and informal labor sectors have benefitted from the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) assistance program.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III leads the payout of salaries to 1,500 beneficiaries under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program in Candaba, Pampanga on September 2, 2021. (Photo from Department of Labor and Employment)

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the department has already disbursed a total of P12 billion as salaries of the displaced workers through its Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.

Under TUPAD, displaced workers were hired by the government for temporary employment in exchange for community services.

This was disclosed by the labor chief in an interview after the ceremonial program for the payout of 1,500 TUPAD assistance in Candaba, Pampanga on Thursday, Sept. 2

In his speech, Bello told beneficiaries to make sure that they will receive the exact amount, or else they should not take it.

According to Bello, the standard rate for TUPAD payout in Region 3 is P420 per day or a total of P4,200 for 10 days.

“Kapag hindi 4,200 ang mare-receive niyo, huwag niyong tanggapin. Kailangan kumpleto ang ibigay sa inyo. P4,200 ang suweldo ninyo sa pagtrabaho ninyo ng sampung araw (If you will not receive a total of P4,200, don’t take it. They should give you the exact amount. P4,200 is your overall salary for working within 10 days),” he stated.

DOLE Region 3 said it has already distributed over P6.9 million to TUPAD beneficiaries in Candaba.