ASUNCION, Davao del Norte – As part of the continuous pouring of services and socioeconomic development in the recently discovered Ata Manobo village of “Sitio Tapayanon”, the Department of Labor and Employment XI conducted its first "Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers Program" (TUPAD/DWP) payouts for services rendered.
Receiving salaries for a ten-day work amounting to P3,960.00 per worker beneficiary, the 100 residents of Sitio Tapayanon who benefitted from DOLE’s emergency employment program expressed their gratitude to the government for extending this kind of assistance to them.
“This is (such) a great help. At least we have money to buy our (other) needs. Some time ago we had to wait for several months when our abaca is ready to be sold before we can earn a tenth of this money.” Datu Bansing Balanban, Tapayanon’s tribal chieftain, said in vernacular.
Facilitating the payout himself was the Regional Director of DOLE XI Raymundo Agravante who, with his team from DOLE Davao del Norte Office, was transported by the Philippine Air Force’s Huey chopper in a 45-minute flight from the 10th Infantry Division to Tapayanon.
“I admit it is our first time here but just the same DOLE have come, ready to give to you the services that you need. We will determine later on what else can be done to alleviate your situation and make your lives better.” Agravante told the villagers during a short welcome program.
Agravante further assured the residents that DOLE will continue to contribute to the government’s agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and substantial poverty reduction while reducing the vulnerability to risks of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers.
The activity highlighted the conduct of the Service Convergence Camp Heads of Agencies Ocular Visit spearheaded by the National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Noel Felongco.
Other heads of agencies who joined the ocular visit include Kapalong Mayor Maria Theresa Timbol, Kapalong IP Mandatory Representative Datu Arturo Davao, Department of Trade and Industry Davao del Norte Provincial Director Romeo Castañaga, 1001st Infantry Brigade Commander Col. John Oberio and 60th Infantry Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Gilbert Ombos.
Said agencies—together with TESDA, NCIP, DSWD, DOH, CHR, and select LGU departments and civil society organizations—are expected to deliver their counterpart services to Sitio Tapayanon on the slated Service Convergence Camp this October.
Meanwhile, the second batch of TUPAD worker beneficiaries from Tapayanon will receive their payouts later this month.
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