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Iloilo’s displaced workers given emergency jobs to counter COVID-19 impact

Iloilo's emergency jobs
Two displaced workers from Iloilo City each received DOLE’s TUPAD financial aid worth Php3,950 on April 16, 2020. Photo courtesy of Emelyn Estando-Tano.

Iloilo’s displaced workers are being given jobs to counter the impact of COVID-19 which has either slowed down or stopped business operations and resulted in the loss of jobs.

The wages of 1,589 displaced workers affected by the community quarantine to stop the spread of coronavirus disease will be covered by the Php 6,276,550 turned over by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to Iloilo City.

DOLE Region 6 Director Cyril Ticao on June 24, 2020, turned over to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas the check for the amount intended solely for the workers’ wages.

The cash assistance is provided under DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program, a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers, for a minimum period of 10 days and a maximum of 30 days.

The beneficiaries will be engaged in sanitation activities in the city plazas, esplanade, markets, and in their respective villages and each will receive P3,950 for 10 days of work, said Treñas.

Mayor Treñas said in Hiligaynon, “Makabulig gid ini sang daku sa aton mga pumuluyo diri sa syudad, subong nga naga-atubang kita sang daku nga krisis bangud sa COVID-19 (This will greatly help our residents here in the city, now that we are facing a big crisis due to COVID-19).”

Prior to their actual work, TUPAD beneficiaries will be provided by the FF:

  • Basic orientation on safety and health
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the form of T-shirt and hat
  • Enrolment in group micro-insurance, to be included in the total project
  • cost or as counterpart of the ACP/LGU

DOLE 6 has also allotted Php 88,984 to be paid to the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for the group’s insurance.

Preventive measures such as physical distancing and wearing of PPEs will be enforced to beneficiaries while doing the sanitation works.

Amid the COVID 19 pandemic, government agencies and non-government organizations are reaching out to our “kababayans” to sustain their livelihood.

One hundred contractual employees in Pasig City, Metro Manila, have been regularized by Mayor Vico Sotto amid the pandemic.

Ifugao Nation is promoting weave face masks to ship anywhere in the Philippines for protection from COVID-19 while supporting the indigenous tribe’s weavers and farmers.

Rags2Riches is also continuing to pay all of its local artisans amid the work slowdown.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Iloilo’s displaced workers who will be given jobs in order to mitigate the quarantine’s impact on their livelihood.

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Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo
Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo
Alyssa Leyda-Aldemo was a contributor in the News Letter of her former agency and is currently a content writer on her church's website and social media platform. She is now a full-time housewife who wants to re-ignite her passion for writing.

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