On the peaceful wee hours of January 21, 2020, residents of Brgy. Banza, Butuan City were distressed by raging flames from Ventura Plywood Company. The raging inferno was caused by an electrical malfunction that rapidly enveloped the establishment.

A Quick Response Team (QRT) was created by the DOLE – Caraga Regional Office headed by Dir. Chona M. Mantilla, CESO III. The team was led by Ms. Lilian M. Solis with Ms. Jenelibeth E. Manzanares as a team member from the DOLE – Agusan del Norte Provincial Office. When the area of the Ventura Plywood Company was cleared by the Bureau of Fire Protection, the QRT visited the establishment on January 23, 2020 and assessed the impact of the recent events. Fortunately, there were no casualties in the said disaster. The fire left a huge portion of the Ventura Plywood in ashes and burnt debris forcing the establishment to stop its operations thereby displacing its employees.

On January 29, 2020, the QRT conducted profiling of displaced workers in Brgy. Banza, Butuan City. This profiling is the initial step of the Department to assist the victims by providing Emergency Employment through its Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).

An Orientation of the TUPAD Program was done on February 6, 2020, by Ms. Jenelibeth Manzanares, a member of the QRT and the Focal Person for the DILEEP Program of the DOLE – Agusan del Norte Provincial. The orientation marked the 15-day period where the 38 identified beneficiaries will be given an opportunity to have a short-term livelihood to support their families.

The 38 beneficiaries received a total of ?196,460.00 for their salaries. The beneficiaries also received PPEs amounting to ?11,400.00 and were insured under the Group Personal Accident Insurance for a period of one (1) year. The total project cost ?245,575.00 all enured to the 38 beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries were all in smiles when they received the fruits of their labor on March 3, 2020, through the efforts of BLGU – Banza in administering the implementation of the project as an Accredited Co-Partner of the Department of Labor and Employment.

The beneficiaries were very grateful for the fast assistance that was given to them in their despairing times.