Displaced Bicol workers get P3.3M cash aid

Legazpi City — Some 650 worker-beneficiaries received a total of P3.3 million in cash aid from the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE 5) here under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.

Johana Vi Gasga, DoLE Bicol spokesperson, said in an interview on Saturday the beneficiaries were from four towns in the first district of Camarines Sur.

The payout started 9 August for 182 beneficiaries in Poblacion, Lupi; 10 August for 258 beneficiaries in Impig, Sipocot; 11 August for 130 beneficiaries in Castillo, Cabusao; and 12 August for 80 beneficiaries in Poblacion Zone 1, Del Gallego.

“The beneficiaries engaged in 15 days of work and each received P5,175 based on the minimum wage rate of P345,” Gasga said.

The beneficiaries, wearing protective gear, were tasked to ensure that public places in their villages, including markets, parks, and public facilities were cleaned and sanitized.

The beneficiaries were briefed on Occupational Safety and Health, wages, and signing of documentary requirements.

Regional Director Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita said in a statement on Friday that TUPAD projects contribute to the country’s recovery plans by providing emergency employment assistance to the informal workers who have lost their employment or livelihood due to the global health crisis.

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