A total of Php 1.4 million was released representing the allowance/stipend of the beneficiaries of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers (TUPAD), in the municipalities of Tubajon and Libjo, Province of Dinagat Island on January 7 and 10, 2020 respectively at the DOLE PDI provincial office.

There were 86 beneficiaries in Tubajon who received the allowance/stipend and 64 beneficiaries in Libjo.These qualified beneficiaries are displaced workers, underemployed workers in the municipalities who were provided short-term emergency employment assistance was a socio-economic aid for their additional income. Aside from monetary benefit, the beneficiaries also learned to interact and get involved in the community based programs of the municipalities.

TUPAD beneficiaries were grateful for the program especially that it provided additional income for their families. From the words of Ms. Maniflor Montecastro from Brgy. Rosita, Tubajon, “The TUPAD program assisted us and our family to earn extra income, especially for those of us who does not have employment anymore. It also allowed us to help our barangay in its community-based program.”

TUPAD is community-based assistance package government program that will provide emergency employment to displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers. DOLE is the main implementer of this program.