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DOLE’s TUPAD, big help amid pandemic; says a fisherman


Cebu City, Philippines.  “Para nako, ang TUPAD #BKBK maoy lig-ong nagpamatuod nga kaming mga pobre wala pasagdai sa atong goberno kay kami ang permamenting gihimong priority (For me, the TUPAD #BKBK program is a solid proof that the government never neglects the poor like me),” said Danilo, a fisherman in one of the barangays in Siquijor, Siquijor.

When asked how the program has helped him in this time of pandemic, he quipped, “Ang sweldo nako gikan sa TUPAD #BKBK, ako dayong gipalit ug usa aka sakong bugas para namu labi na sa akong mga tigulang nga mga ginikanan ug gipaayo sa akong sakayan nga maoy among panginabuhian. Dili na kaayo ko mabalaka unsa ako ipakaon nilang Mama ug Papa bisan madugay pa ang quarantine kay makapanagat naman ko (The salary that I received from TUPAD #BKBK was used to buy one sack of rice as well as for the repair of my fishing boat since fishing is my main means of livelihood. This gave me an assurance that I can now provide food on the table especially for my aged parents even if this quarantine may take a little bit longer since I can now fish with my fishing boat).”

Danilo Paalisbo, 33 years old, is one of the 788 beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) # Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko (TUPAD # BKBK) in the province of Siquijor.

Under the program, beneficiaries cleaned and disinfected their own homes and premises for four (4) hours a day for the duration of ten (10) working days. Danilo, just like with the rest, was paid Php404.00 a day or a total of Php4,040.00 for 10 days, which he personally claimed at the DOLE-7’s partner money remittance center.

Apart from the salary, Danilo said that TUPAD #BKBK also taught him how it is to properly and diligently clean one’s home since there are representatives of their own barangay, who regularly monitored the work he was doing. “Ang maong programa nagtudlo pud nako sa pagpanglimpyo sa among panimalay, unya karon bisan natapos na ang TUPAD #BKBK, ganahan lang gihapon ko manglimpyo,” saying further that cleaning their little shanty has made it an ambience of ease and relaxation.

He said he’d been waiting for a while to be interviewed by DOLE since he really wanted to express how grateful he is for the support and help that the government thru the Department extended to them.

Danilo is left taking care of his parents, both over 70 years old, and he said that he is so happy because he is one of those who are fortunate enough to be given assistance.

He added that the fishing boat was provided by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) but unfortunately got damaged due to repeated use. The chickens at their backyard, he continued, also came from the town’s Municipal Agriculturist Office (MAO) under its dispersal program. “Unya karon, nakadawat ko ug ayuda sa DOLE, lipay kaayo ko. Kaning mga ayuda gikan sa goberno kung ubanan ug kakugi buhi ra jud ta (Now, I got to receive assistance from DOLE, I’m so happy. These types of support coming from the government when coupled with diligence, could really help us survive),” he finally said.

Overall in Central Visayas, more than 15,000 workers in the informal sector have benefited the program with the DOLE shelling out a total of Php61,318,620.00.

Further queries could be coursed thru or sent to the following: (1) for the LGUs/PESOs/barangays located within the Cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu- (032) 234-3317 or; (2) for the LGUs/PESOs/barangays in Cebu Province outside the Cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu- (032) 266-7424 or; (3) for the LGUs/PESOs/barangays located in the Province of Negros Oriental- (035) 226-2778 / (035) 422-9741/; (4) for the LGUs/PESOs/barangays located in Siquijor (035) 480-9244 or; (5) for the LGUs/PESOs/barangays located in Bohol- (038) 501-0277 and (038) 411-0806 or


End//LSenarlo-Taniza with reporting from DOLE-Siquijor Field Office



For more information on this report, you may contact (032) 234-3317 or; (032) 266-7424 or; (035) 226-2778 / (035) 422-9741/; (035) 480-9244 or; (038) 501-0277 and (038) 411-0806 or


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