THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) under the Bayanihan to Recover as One (Bayanihan 2) said that some 700,000 workers from the informal sector would benefit from funds allocated to the agency.
“For example, if the allocation given to TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers) would be P5 billion and the workdays, we increased to 15 days from 10 days. At P5 billion, approximately we will have 700,000 beneficiaries to benefit from the TUPAD program,” Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla, chief of the DOLE’s Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BSWC), said in a Laging Handa briefing.
Over 600,000 informal sector workers have benefited from the program, she added.
“Based on our data, a total of 604,901 benefited from the program, out of this around 423,511 they were employed under #barangaykobahayko disinfection, sanitation program in their houses. The bulk of the beneficiaries or workers are from the National Capital Region,” Trayvilla added.
Under the program, a beneficiary will be working for four hours a day for 15 days. The worker will be given a salary equivalent to the highest prevailing minimum wage in the region where the project is being implemented.
“Applicants may go to their local government thru the public employment service offices or to the nearest DOLE regional office, to apply for the program,” she added.
The TUPAD program is a community-based package of short-term wage employment assistance of the department to mitigate the impact of calamities, disasters, and pandemics on workers in the informal economy.
It is open to workers who have lost their jobs due to pandemic. Also included are self-employed such as home-based workers, vendors.