Christmas came a week early for the disadvantaged workers from the six towns of Cagayan after receiving from the Department of Labor and Employment their Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program wages.
The DOLE Regional Office II together with the Office of 3rd District Congressman Joseph Lasam Lara released over the weekend the TUPAD wages to 945 workers in the six municipalities in the 3rd District of Cagayan.
The payout was held at Alimannao Hills in Peñablanca, Cagayan on Friday.
Earlier, 5,493 displaced workers and more than P22M in funds were disbursed in Tuguegarao City and the municipalities of Amulung, Iguig, Peñablanca, Enrile, and Solana.
Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales thanked the local officials for being active partners in implementing the TUPAD program.
“Ang hakbang na ito ay papel at gawa ng ating kongresista, at nagagalak po tayong mayroong kongresista na masipag at magaling upang maisakatuparan itong programa. Magpasalamat tayo sa kanila dahil may ganitong serbisyo na nakakarating sa atin. Nawa’y isang magandang handog ito sa paskong darating,” RD Gonzales said.
Congressman Lara meanwhile thanked the DOLE Region II for the usual support and underscored the importance of livelihood assistance, like TUPAD, from the government.
“Malaking tulong ito sa bawat pamilya lalo na malapit na ang kapaskuhan. Ang serbisyong aming iniaabot ay naaangkop sainyo na aming kababayang –Cagayano,” Congressman Lara said.
The TUPAD beneficiaries rendered 10 days of community work through clean-up and beautification of public facilities in their respective barangays.
One of the beneficiaries, Cristopher Butacan, 39 years old from Enrile, Cagayan meanwhile expressed his gratitude to the TUPAD program of DOLE.
“Maraming salamat sa DOLE Region 2 at kay Congressman Jojo Lara sa pamaskong handog para sa higit na nangangailangan. Asahan niyo pong gagamitin po namin ito sa pang araw-araw namin,” he said.
The payout was also attended by Dr. Zarah Rose De Guzman – Lara, 3rd District Board Member Leonides Fausto and DOLE-Cagayan Field Office (CFO) staff. IPS/DOLE RO 2