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Over 2,000 workers in CV to benefit the PHP8.4-Million TUPAD or #BKBK assistance

 

Cebu City, Philippines.  A total of 2,103 informal sector workers in Central Visayas have started doing cleaning and sanitation work in their homes as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) continues to do full-blast implementation of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).

“Beneficiaries have officially started cleaning their houses and their surroundings. They have different dates of completion of work while observing the 10-day work period. Some beneficiaries would be done by April 18, the latest, for this batch alone,” said DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton.

The total wages covering beneficiaries coming from the different districts all over Central Visayas would reach a total of Php8,496,120.00.

According to Director Siaton, workers will be paid using the highest prescribed minimum wage rate applicable in the Region, which is Php404.00 per day and are to work for only four (4) hours daily.

Also dubbed as Barangay ko, Bahay Ko or #BKBK, the program caters to the workers in the informal sector, whose income is greatly affected after the declaration of the enhanced community quarantine (EQC) due to COVID-19.

Workers, who may avail the TUPAD, #BKBK are the following, namely: self-employed, occasional workers, house helpers, transport drivers (PUVs, pedicabs, tricycle drivers, etc.), small enterprise operators, home workers, sub-minimum wage workers, farmers, vendors, and fishermen, among others.

“We are closely working with the local government units as they are the ones to provide us with the list or profile of workers. We would like to inform everyone that workers who have been endorsed by the LGU will be the ones who could avail the program,” explained the DOLE-7 Head.

LGUS or their respective Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) or the barangays should write a letter of intent to the DOLE Field Office that has jurisdiction over their area or locality. Once the letter of intent, together with the requirements, is received or approved by the field office, the LGU/Barangay will be given forms to fill out.

TUPAD, #BKBK applications or queries should be sent to: (1) for the LGUs/PESOs/barangays located within the Cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu- (032)513-2566, (032) 234-3317 or tricitydole7bkbk@yahoo.com and tricitydole7bkbk@gmail.com; (2) for the LGUs/PESOs/barangays in Cebu Province outside the Cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu- (032) 266-7424 or cpfodolero7bkbk@gmail.com and cpfodolero7bkbk@yahoo.com; (3) for the LGUs/PESOs/barangays located in the Province of Negros Oriental- (035) 226-2778 / (035) 422-9741/ nofotupadbkbk@yahoo.com or nofotupadbkbk@gmail.com; (4) for the LGUs/PESOs/barangays located in Siquijor- (035) 480-9244/ sfotupadbkbk@yahoo.com or sfodole7bkbk@gmail.com; (5) for the LGUs/PESOs/barangays located in Bohol- (038) 501-0277 and (038) 411-0806/ doleboholtupadbkbk@yahoo.com or doleboholfotupadbkbk@gmail.com.

“We are actually encouraging LGUs to shoulder for the cost of the tools and materials needed for cleaning and sanitation so that the funds we have could be spent solely for the wages of would-be beneficiaries and there will be more of them availing the program,” said Director Siaton.

She clarified that there are now two programs that the DOLE is implementing in response to the negative impact of the pandemic – COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) and the TUPAD #BKBK.

While TUPAD #BKBK is for the workers in the informal economy, the CAMP, on the other hand is for the workers in the private sector who have employer-employee relationship and whose income is affected after the companies they’re working for implemented flexible work arrangements or temporary closure of operations.

Workers or individuals who cannot avail the TUPAD #BKBK are the following, namely: (1) Beneficiaries of the Expanded and Enhanced Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps); (2) Beneficiaries of CAMP; (3) Beneficiaries of DSWD- Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS); and (4) Beneficiaries of the CASH assistance of DA for rice-planting farmers.

“Wages for beneficiaries under TUPAD #BKBK, just like with CAMP, will also be released through a money remittance center,” she finally said.

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact (032) 513-2566; (032) 266-0811; (032) 266-2792; (032) 512-8133 / (032)266-7424; (035) 480-9244; (035) 226-2778 / (035) 422-974. You may also send your emails to tricityfodole7camp@gmail.com; cpfodolero7camp@gmail.com; sfodole7camp@gmail.com; nofodole7camp@gmail.com; and doleboholcamp@gmail.com.

 

 

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2020-04-14
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