San Luis, Agusan del Sur – 120 residents from San Luis, Agusan del Sur received DOLE TUPAD assistance amounting to P630,000.00. 100 beneficiaries from Brgy. Mahagsay, San Luis and 20 beneficiaries from Brgy. Sta Rita, San Luis each received P5,250 as salaries for their 15 days of work rendered.

The two recipient barangays can only be reached by riding a motorcycle with fabricated extension seats made of wood or steel popularly known in the local language as “Habal-Habal.” Most of its residents and beneficiaries belong to one of the most marginalized and vulnerable sectors in the Municipality of San Luis — the Banwaon tribe. Being one of the isolated areas in the province, government services will only be accessible if the residents take a 3–4-hour trip from their respective barangays to the municipal proper, incurring a heavy ₱1,500.00 fare per unit of motorcycle that can only accommodate 2-3 passengers.

“Ako si Aga, nagapuyo sa Barangay Mahagsay. Dako akong pasalamat sa TUPAD nga nakaabot sa among lugar bisan sa kalisod sa dalan. Daghang salamat kaayo sa inyong pagtabang labi na kanamo nga lisod ang kahimtang diri sa among barangay. Salamat kaayo mga Sir,” translated from Banwaon dialect. Overwhelmed by her emotions, Ms. Aga tried her best to hold her tears as it was their first time to avail the DOLE TUPAD Program.

The implementation of TUPAD in the two barangays is in partnership with the Local Government Unit of San Luis through the Public Employment Service Office which profiled and identified the eligible beneficiaries.

LGU San Luis PESO Manager Marlinita A. Guarin also shared her gratitude for the aid received, “Unang-una, mapasalamaton ko sa DOLE, kang RD Joffrey Suyao, Sir Max Magallen og mga personahe sa DOLE Agusan del Sur Field Office sa ilang paghatag og TUPAD slots sa LGU-San Luis, labi na sa Barangay Mahagsay og Sta. Rita. Dugay na jud nga panahon nangandoy sila nga maka-avail sa TUPAD apan tungod sa limitado nga budget, kalisod sa dalan og kamahal sa pletehan, karon pa jud maka implement sa maong programa didto. Dako kaayo ang kalipay sa mga katawhan sa nga sila naka avail og assistance pinaagi sa TUPAD diin pinaagi niini, matabangan sila sa ilang kalisod. Daghan kaayong salamat, DOLE.”

The Department of Labor and Employment Agusan del Sur Field Office (DOLE ADSFO) ensures proper coordination with TUPAD partner agencies to ensure effective implementation of the program.

The Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers or TUPAD is DOLE’s safety net program that provides temporary wage employment to workers in the informal sector who were displaced or whose earnings were affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other natural calamities. (JDP,LEO III/ADSFO)