CAMIGUIN (PIA)–Responding to the needs of families who were greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10 held the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) payout to 514 beneficiaries from the 10 barangays of the town, March 3.
A total of P3.84 million was distributed to the beneficiaries from Barangays Magting, Tagdo, Naasag, Yumbing, Anito, Kuguita, Benhaan, Tupsan, Bug-ong, and Agoho. Each of them received P6,000 from DOLE.
“Ang pakiusap lamang ng aming kalihim, ang aming programa ay para sa lahat, ang aming budget na nakalaan ngayong taon ay para sa lahat. Gagamitin lang natin siya sa tamang paraan,” DOLE Undersecretary Benjo Santos Benavidez said.
(The only plea of our secretary is that our program is for everyone, and our budget allocated this year is for everyone. We will only use him in the right way)
This is possible if the municipal and provincial governments work together, he said, naming Rep. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo and Gov. Xavier Jesus Romualdo as good development partners.
As for the inclusion of the program, Benavidez said they also visited the region to conduct the orientation of the new rules and regulations, or guidelines, in the implementation of TUPAD and the department’s livelihood assistance.
He said with the new guidelines, it will be easier to avail of the programs of the department with fewer documentary requirements to comply with.
For his part, Mayor Yñigo Jesus Romualdo urged the beneficiaries to still help the local government maintain the cleanliness of the town even after their employment with TUPAD.
“Dako kaayo siya og ikatabang sa amo, labi na nga wala’y sakto nga pangita. Para sa among daily needs, para sa akong anak, sa iyang panginahanglanon. Mapasalamaton ko sa DOLE kay natabangan gyud ko niya sa pang-adlaw-adlaw nga daily needs,” said one of the beneficiaries, Joyce Banac, 21, from Barangay Magting.
(This is a great help for us, especially when we don’t have a stable income. For our daily needs, for my children’s needs. I am grateful to DOLE because it really helped me with my daily needs)
The delegates of DOLE composed of Benavidez, Usec. Felipe Egargo, Jr., Asec. Lenard Serrano, and Regional Director Albert Gutib then proceeded to Barangay Mahinog for the turnover of livelihood assistance with P150,00 to the Mahinog Market Vendors Association with 28 members. (RTP/PIA-10/Camiguin)