The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has distributed over P427 million worth of assistance to vulnerable workers in Western Visayas.
DOLE Region 6 Director Sixto “Popoy” Rodriguez said the program is part of the Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).
Her disclosed that a total of 95, 261 displaced and informal workers from different local government units in Western Visayas have benefited from TUPAD funding in the first six months of the year.
“Reaching the far-flung barangays is our way of bringing the government services closer to the people and in carrying out our mandate to look after for the welfare of the workers especially the affected, marginalized and the vulnerable ones,” said Rodriguez in a statement.
Portion of these was the recent allocation of nearly P3 million livelihood assistance to at least 200 displaced seafarers in Guimaras who lost their jobs due to pandemic.
Rodriguez said, over 63,000 bangus fingerlings has currently cultured in six (6) fish cages at the coastal waters of Brgy. Hoskyns, Jordan Guimaras which gave income to the members of members of Hoskyn’s Sailors and Fisherfolks Association (HSFA) and the Poblacion Montpiller Sailors Association (PMSA).
“We maximize our efforts in reaching the most number of informal workers across the region,” Rodriguez acclaimed. (Jun Marcos Tadios)