GOOD NEWS | 01 November 2019

Navotas City PESO Manager Genesis Sanoy (2nd from left) monitors the clean-up operation of the 302 TUPAD workers at Navotas City Cemetery in preparation for All Saints’ Day. (Photo courtesy of Genesis Sanoy / PESO Valenzuela and Angelica Fresnoza / DOLE-CAMANAVA)

A few days before the All Saints’ Day celebration, some 302 individuals in light green shirts and straw hats carrying brooms and dustpans were seen marching to the Navotas City Cemetery for a clean-up operation every morning.

Said individuals are beneficiaries of the Tulong Pangkabuhayan Para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program beginning October 18, 2019.

The beneficiaries were referred to the Navotas City Engineering Department’s Office and were tapped as partners for the area sanitation in preparation for this year’s celebration of All Saints’ Day.

TUPAD is one of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) projects under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) that contributes to the government’s agenda of inclusive growth through massive generation of employment and poverty reduction.

Under TUPAD, the identified displaced or unemployed poor workers from the selected community will be given an opportunity of a full time employment for a period of fifteen (15) days.

Program beneficiary Miguela Pajac, a resigned kasambahay since 2017 said that the emergency employment program gave her a renewed hope. “Masaya po ako na mayroon palang ganitong mga programa ang gobyerno na nagbibigay ng hanapbuhay sa mga katulad naming nangangailangan kahit panandaliang panahon lang po.”

Asked about her message to the unemployed and displaced workers, Pajac added “may mga programa po ang gobyerno na makakatulong sa atin. Kaya di po tayo dapat mawalan ng pag-asa.”

Before the work engagement, the qualified beneficiaries had an orientation on relevant topics such as the applicable laws on basic occupational safety and health standards, financial literacy with GSIS and SSS, and values orientation for formal or self- employment. They were also provided with personal protective equipment, such as hats and long-sleeved TUPAD T-shirts.

Meanwhile, Navotas City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) stressed that the program provision goes beyond giving a short-term employment; emphasizing a mindset to start anew while giving them the opportunity to do something good for the community.

The local government unit of Navotas City implements TUPAD through the collaboration of its PESO and City Engineering Office.

END / Angelica Fresnoza

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