A total of P133,805,774 was rolled out by the Department of Labor and Employment Surigao del Norte Field Office (DOLE SDN) to Congressional Districts 1 & 2 (Siargao & Mainland) as salaries for SDN’s displaced workers caused by the recent Super Typhoon Odette.

The rollout would benefit 22, 070 workers under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) for the 1st quarter of 2022. Congressional District 1 received P71, 363,310 fund allocation which will cater to 11, 786 beneficiaries while Congressional District 2 was granted P54,442,464 for 8,108 beneficiaries, and the Provincial Office with P8,000,000 fund allocation for 2,176 beneficiaries. Each worker will receive a salary of P4,800 for 15 days of work and P3,200 for 10 days of work.

The rollout was held in two separate meetings; last April 27, 2022 (District 2) at Phil. Gateway Hotel, Surigao City, and April 29, 2022 (District 1) at Kapitolyo Nan Siargao (KNS), Dapa, Siargao Island, attended by PESO Managers, DOLE-SDNFO Officers, TUPAD Coordinators, and representatives of Congressional Offices 1 and 2.

The main aim of the meetings was to discuss the allocation of the P133 million TUPAD fund in the province for the 1st quarter of 2022. Apart from the rollout, the meeting also included a presentation on the salient features of Department Order (D.O.) 219-9 or the Guidelines on the Implementation of TUPAD under Bayanihan to Recover as One-Act, and a discussion on the issues and concerns of TUPAD implementation. The meeting also served as a re-orientation for the representatives and PESO Managers to come up with a harmonized strategy for effective and efficient implementation of the program in their respective LGUs. 

The province of Surigao del Norte was greatly affected by Typhoon Odette, the implementation of TUPAD is a crucial means of financial assistance to the Surigaonons who lost their houses and properties and were physically and emotionally injured due to the distressing catastrophe. DOLE Caraga remains committed to continuously providing aid to support these workers in the coming months.

TUPAD is an institutionalized, community-based amelioration program aimed at helping displaced, underemployed, and seasonal workers during calamities, both natural and man-made.