SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Antique provincial office is set to implement “Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced (TUPAD)” this March as assistance to Antiqueños with the onset of the El Niño phenomenon.
Virginia S. Misajon, Labor and Employment Officer of DOLE Antique provincial office, said in an interview Thursday that from March 19 to 22 they will be conducting orientation with the 16,000 TUPAD applicants, mostly sugar migrants and indigenous people (IP), who are looking for alternative jobs aside from their farm works because of the El Niño phenomenon.
“The DOLE and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) personnel who will conduct the orientation in the 18 towns of the province will discuss the work responsibilities and the solid waste management,” she said.
She said that since many of the municipalities would be undertaking drainage cleanup, farm-to-market road improvement, school gardening, and agro-forestry, the TUPAD beneficiaries could be deployed there but it would also be better if they could also be oriented on the proper way of disposing garbage and tree planting.
The TUPAD would be for 30 days starting on March 25 excluding the observance of the Holy Thursday, Friday and Saturday. “There will also be no work on Easter Sunday,” she said.
The TUPAD worker will be receiving PHP365.00 per day minimum wage, which is the minimum salary wage for in Antique.
“On April 9 the TUPAD worker will be given double pay being a holiday,” she said.
Misajon said the TUPAD, starting March 25, is the first to be implemented in Antique for the year through the direct administration of DOLE.
Last year, TUPAD benefitted 16,322 Antiqueños belonging to the marginal sector who were provided with 15-day work. (PNA)