Eight hundred sixty beneficiaries signed contracts with the local government unit (LGU) of Caloocan City and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) program on Monday, Sept. 18.
The event was held at the Morning Breeze Elementary School and Buena Park.
The TUPAD program is a joint effort between the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and local governments, to offer immediate and short-term employment opportunities to eligible residents in times of emergencies.
Caloocan City Mayor Dale Gonzalo “Along” Malapitan expressed his gratitude for the collaboration between the DOLE and the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in facilitating opportunities for the city's displaced and underemployed workforce.
"Bunga po ng magandang relasyon sa pagitan ng DOLE at PESO, marami na naman po tayong nga Batang Kankaloo na makikinabang at magkakaroon ng oportunidad kumita. Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat (Thanks to the strong partnership between DOLE and PESO, many of our fellow Batang Kankakoo will once again benefit and have opportunities to earn a living. Thank you all very much)," he said.
Malapitan also pledged his ongoing support for such initiatives.
"Sa akin pong administrasyon, malaking prayoridad po ang pagbibigay ng kabuhayan sa ating mga kababayan kaya asahan niyo po na patuloy ang suporta natin sa TUPAD at sa iba pang programang katulad nito (In my administration, providing livelihood opportunities to our fellow citizens is a top priority, so you can expect our continued support for TUPAD and other similar programs)," Mayor Along said.
He urged his constituents to utilize the aid being offered by both the national and city governments.
"Mga kababayan, sulitin po natin lagi ang nga programang hatid natin. Para po sa inyo ito at huwag nating sayangin ang pagkakataon na kumita at mag-ipon tungo sa isang mas magandang kabuhayan (Let us make good use of thisoffer. This is for you, so let's not waste the opportunity to earn and save for a better life)," he stated.