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10.5-M in salaries released to underemployed workers

Cebu City, Philippines. Almost two thousand underemployed workers coming from the Cebu City North District collectively received a total of P10,564,290.00 from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) as payment for their salaries and wages. 

Beneficiaries, according to Tri-City Field Office OIC-Head, Dr. Efren O. Vito, availed the TulongPanghanapbuhaysaAting Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD), a component of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP). 

Benefited works hailed from Barangays Talamban, Budlaan, San Jose, Pulanbato, Binaliw, Agsungot, Pit-os, Bacayan, Paril, Lusaran, Cabinocot, Mabini, Capitol Site, Busay, Kamputhaw, Malubog, Taptap, Adlaon, Sirao, Guba, Mabolo, Hipodromo, Luz, Apas, Tejero, Tinago, T. Padilla, Lorega, Carreta, Day-as, Kamagayan, Parian, Sto. Nino, Zapatera, Kalubihan, Banilad, Cogon Ramos, San Antonio, San Roque, Sta. Cruz, Pahina Central, Sambag 1, Sambag 2, Ermita, Kasambagan, and Lahug. 

Each one, added Vito, received more or less than P5,000.00 for engaging either into de-clogging of canals, street cleaning, or grass cutting for a maximum number of fifteen (15) days in their respective place of assignment. 

Under Department Order No. 173-17or the Revised Guidelines in the Implementation of the Department of Labor and Employment Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), beneficiaries’ length of work may vary from a minimum period of 10 days to a maximum period of 30 days depending on the nature of work to be performed. 

The community-based package of short-term wage employment assistance, Vito said further, was done in two (2) batches. “Before the beneficiaries commenced with work, the DOLE provided them first with an orientation on the Safety and Health Standards. This would give them thorough understanding on the importance of safety while at work. To go with it, they were also provided with personal protective equipment or PPE such as shirts and buri hats,” he said. 

On top of it, he said further, beneficiaries were enrolled in a group micro-insurance under the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). 

The distribution of wages or pay-out was done at the DOLE Regional Office on 22 to 23 December 2017. 

DOLE-7 OIC-Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao underscored the importance for beneficiaries to realize what the Department’s programs and services truly stand for. 

“The government is here to render and extend assistance to the people. But they should also realize that they have to equate the government’s assistance with something as their counterpart. Under TUPAD, beneficiaries could only claim their salaries for the days they’ve worked on and if all the prescribed program rules and guidelines had been religiously followed,” he explained.



For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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