The Department of Labor and Employment has released over 34.2 million cash aid assistance under TUPAD Program from December 21, 2021 to January 7, 2022 to the informal workers affected by Typhoon Odette in the region.

The financial help would provide temporary employment to 10,702 beneficiaries. The initial DOLE assistance is distributed among the badly hit areas in Surigao del Norte with P22.5M for 6,141 recipients and Province of Dinagat Islands with P11.75M for 3,112 recipients.

“Our staff is tirelessly expediting the release of cash aid for the typhoon victims so they can start rebuilding their lives following the onslaught of TS Odette,” RD Suyao said

The salaries of beneficiaries for the emergency work shall be based on prevailing minimum daily wage of P320/day plus personal accident insurance. Works include house cleaning, de-clogging of canals, debris, segregation and material recovery, stockpiling and road cleaning.

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