ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Zamboanga Peninsula Region released over P6.9 million to 699 informal sector workers in the municipalities of Bayog, Dumingag and Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program.

DOLE 9 Regional Director Atty. Roy L. Buenafe personally handed the checks to the respective Municipal Mayors on September 4, 2020 in a simple turn-over ceremony held at the Pagadian City Fish Port.

Director Buenafe said in an interview that TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed.

He added that the amount will provide the much needed support to each worker’s family especially in the time of COVID-19 pandemic.

Of the total amount, Bayog Municipality received P2,364,970.00 to benefit 122 workers for a period of 60 days’ work; Dumingag Municipality received P2,350,075.00 for 455 workers working for a shorter period of 30 days while Kumalarang Municipality was allotted a budget of P2,364,970.00 for the salaries of 122 workers across a 60 day working period.

Part of the budget will also be used to fund personal protective equipment for the workers and the GSIS Personal Accident Insurance (GPAI) for the duration of the year.

Each worker will receive a daily wage of Php316.00 per day, which is the prevailing minimum wage rate in Region 9.

Beneficiaries are expected to render clean and green community services such as, debris cleaning, canal cleaning, clearing of waterways, street, river and water banks. END/With reports from Jorelyn Locsin, DOLE-ZDSFO