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Underemployed workers in Mandue City, Cebu receive emergency employment from DOLE



Cebu City, Philippines. Close to 100 underemployed workers in Barangay Paknaan, Mandaue City, Cebu recently had been given transitional work by the Department of Labor and Employment under the TulongPanghanapbuhaysaAting Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) program, a DOLE-7 Key Official announced yesterday. 

Regional Labor and Employment Director, Atty. Alvin M. Villamor said that the profiling made by the Tri City Field Office (DOLE-TCFO) yielded a list of underemployed workers residing in Barangay Paknaan. 

“We immediately sent personnel through the Tri-City Field Office to assess on the possible assistance that could be extended to qualified beneficiaries,” said Director Villamor. 

In his report to Villamor, DOLE-TCFO Chief Emmanuel Y. Ferrer said that a total of ninety-two (92) individuals qualified to avail the TUPAD, giving them access to emergency employment for a number of days. 

“As part of the package of assistance granted under TUPAD, we provided the beneficiaries with an orientation about the program and more importantly on Occupational Safety and Health Standards,” said Ferrer. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in the form of TUPAD shirts and hats were distributed on 11 July 2018, a day before the beneficiaries’ 14-day work started which focused on cleaning of road side and declogging of canals or gutters. 

Under Department Order No. 173, Series of 2017or 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. 

Workers are to receive 100% of the minimum wage rate applicable in the area, which is at PHP366.00 per day. On top of it, added Ferrer, beneficiaries were also enrolled by the DOLE in a group micro-insurance under the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). 

The DOLE will be shelling out PHP471,408.00 for the workers’ salary alone. 

“The distribution of wages or pay-out would commence as soon as the work to be done is completely finished and for as long as all needed documents such as DTRs are put in place,” added Ferrer. 

TUPAD is one of the components of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program.




End//LSenarlo-Tanizawith reporting from JCBurbos of TCFO 

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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