ZAMBOANGA CITY – Some 15, 298 informal sector workers benefitted from the Department of Labor and Employment’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers Program #Barangay ko, Bahay ko Project (TUPAD #BKBK) as of May 20, 2020.

Regional Director Ofelia B. Domingo said that DOLE 9 released the total amount of PHP 48, 189, 680.00 to fund the salaries of said workers from Zamboanga City and the provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay, Del Norte and Del Sur.

TUPAD #BKBK is an emergency employment program for underemployed, self-employed, and displaced marginalized workers who have lost their livelihood or whose earnings were affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Beneficiaries of the program were required to work for ten (10) days and paid a daily salary equal to the region’s daily minimum wage of 316 pesos. Work includes disinfection of their houses and nearby surroundings to help fight against the threats of COVID-19 in communities.

In coordination with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), workers were oriented on basic safety and health thru brochures and were provided cleaning materials.

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