DOLE grants P9.5 M aid to informal workers in South Cotabato
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 13 – At least 2,869 informal workers in South Cotabato are set to benefit from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 through an emergency employment program during the coronavirus pandemic.
From June 30 until July 7, DOLE 12 Regional Director Raymundo Agravante, with South Cotabato 2nd District Representative Ferdinand Hernandez, handed out cheques amounting to P9.493 million in total intended for the rollout of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged (TUPAD) in five locations.
The emergency employment is intended to help mitigate the effects of the corononavirus disease pandemic especially among among the vulnerable sectors.
Beneficiaries are 127 in Barangay Dumadalig, Tantangan; 278 in Brgy. Liwanay, Banga; 1,456 in Liberty, Norala; 429 in Lake Sebu municipality; and 579 in Tboli municipality.
In his message to the beneficiaries, Director Agravante told the beneficiaries to spend their salaries on essential matters.
TUPAD is one of the programs of the department that help the marginalized sectors of the community earn emergency employment and help ease the post-effect of pandemic COVID-19.
Under TUPAD, informal sector workers are hired for 10 days and paid based on prevailing minimum wage set by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivitiy Board. (CDGamboa/OMSaltiga-DOLE XII)