ISABELA CITY, BASILAN – In a significant endeavor to support the livelihood of the Yakan Weavers Community in Buahan, Lamitan, Basilan, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 9 conducted a Ceremonial Turnover of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) Check amounting to P277,290.00. This assistance is a crucial part of DOLE’s efforts to provide emergency employment to displaced workers in the Province of Basilan.

The turnover took place at the DOLE Isabela City Field Office today July 27, 2023, where representatives from DOLE Region 9 and the DOLE Isabela City Field Office (DOLE-ICFO), as well as officials from the LGU Lamitan City and BLGU Buahan, Lamitan City, were present to witness the activity.

DOLE 9 Regional Director Albert E. Gutib, in his message said “Today’s turnover of the TUPAD Check to the Yakan Weavers Community in Lamitan, Basilan, signifies DOLE’s commitment to the welfare of our displaced workers. Through the TUPAD program, we aim to provide immediate assistance and empowerment to those affected by the challenges brought about by displacement. This assistance serves as a steppingstone for the beneficiaries to bounce back and continue their pursuit of a better life. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to LGU Lamitan City and BLGU Buahan, Lamitan City, for their collaboration and support in making this initiative a success. Let us continue to work hand in hand in creating more opportunities and uplifting the lives of our fellow citizens in Basilan and beyond.”

Hon. Halili Gallego, the Punong Barangay of Buahan, Lamitan City, expressed his gratitude to DOLE 9 for the support given to the Yakan Weavers Community. He acknowledged the significance of the TUPAD program in empowering the beneficiaries to sustain their livelihood during these challenging times.

The TUPAD Check, amounting to P277,290.00, will benefit 79 Yakan Weavers from the Buahan community. This program not only provides much-needed financial assistance but also instills hope and resilience among the displaced workers, enabling them to uplift their economic conditions and support their families. END/with reports from Alvin Ocliaso, DOLE-ICFO.