DOLE Surigao del Norte Provincial Office participated in the nationwide month-long celebration of 88th DOLE Anniversary with the theme “DOLE @ 88: Tuloy-tuloy na PagTUPAD sa Serbisyong Tapat”. The commemoration was a huge success conducted in a blended platform.

The face-to-face program was at Gateway Hotel, Surigao City with simultaneous coverage of TUPAD salary payout in the Municipality of Dapa thru zoom. The program was attended by DOLE SDN partner agencies, PESO Managers, private establishments, barangay officials, and beneficiaries of TUPAD, DILP, and BikeCINATION. Highlights of the program included the “Serbisyo Caravan”, awarding of Safety Seal Certification, ceremonial releases of livelihood assistance, and cash pay-out of salaries for the beneficiaries of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program in Surigao del Norte (SDN).

Participants of the “Serbisyo Caravan” were the Social Security System (SSS), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF-Pagibig), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Representatives of each agency also discussed the respective services and programs of their office.

Certificates of Safety Seal were awarded to four (4) construction companies from the Municipality of Claver, namely: HPK Construction, Nickelbase Incorporated, Tango Romeo General Construction, and SouthernPhil Development and Marketing Corporation.

A ceremonial release of items and materials for the DOLE BikeCINATION were administered during the program. Thirteen (13) beneficiaries from 6 LGUs in the province were granted of bicycles, wherein 12 of them with Balut Vending livelihood assistance and one with Roasted Peanut Vending. Total release is amounted to Php 324,187.50 with Php 24,937.50 for each beneficiary.

Another ceremonial release was the two (2) livelihood assistance under the DOLE integrated Livelihood Project (DILP). Campo Rice and Corn Farmer Association (CAMRICOFA) represented by the association’s president Ms. Conchita S. Perral and Brgy. Captain of Brgy. Campo, Bacuag received the livelihood grant for Tractor Rental Service worth of Php 996,776.00. The Meat Processing Project with a total of Php 420,250.00 was granted to San Isidro Women’s Association represented by SIWA president Ms. Christina S. Litang and Brgy. Captain Ma. Luz Eupena of San Isidro, Gigaquit.

The cash pay-out for the salaries and wages of 2,232 TUPAD beneficiaries both mainland Surigao and Siargao Island are part of the main event of the anniversary celebration. During the program, a total of Php 2,025,600.00 was simultaneously released to 50 beneficiaries in Gateway Hotel and 322 Siargaonons in the municipal gym of Dapa.

PESO Managers in the municipalities of Alegria, Bacuag, Gigaquit, Tubod, and Surigao City were also present. The District Manager of SDN Congressional District 2 Ms. Liza L. Monteros, congratulated DOLE for its unwavering commitment of public service amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. She also recognized the active collaboration of DOLE SDN and the Local Government Units (LGU) of the province in the success of the implementation of the department’s program and services especially of TUPAD. Ms. Hairee Cel Pediamonte, PESO Manager of Surigao City, declared that the LGUs of Surigao del Norte will continue to support DOLE.

DOLE Caraga Technical Support and Services Division (TSSD) Chief Ms. Annie C. Tangpos who duly represented DOLE Caraga Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao, emphasized DOLE continues to serve for 88 years in response to its mandate to uphold the welfare of every Filipino worker. DOLE anniversary is not just a celebration of the success of the department but it is a celebration for every Filipino worker. She ended her message with everybody present in the venue pronouncing “I am proud to be a Filipino worker!”

The celebration successfully concluded with the efforts and dedication of the entire DOLE SDNPO family. As DOLE SDN Provincial Director noted, the celebration is another milestone of the department and the provincial office shall continue to serve the Surigaonons in the coming years.