LEGAZPI CITY – At least 1,100 workers displaced by the Covid-19 pandemic here have been provided livelihood assistance through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.
TUPAD is a government project under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and is being implemented in Albay with the help of Ako Bicol (AKB) Party-List Rep. Elizaldy Co.
DOLE-Albay program coordinator Jason Brilliante said TUPAD now provides assistance to worker beneficiaries who lost their jobs due to the pandemic. “The beneficiaries are from the five coastal barangays of Legazpi City — Victory Village North, Victory Village South, Pigcale, Puro and Centro Baybay. They will do community works and expect each beneficiary will render 10 days of work in their community, for which they will receive PHP3,650,” he said.
Brilliante said the beneficiaries were briefed about the TUPAD program, its benefits, and the responsibilities of those enlisted. Their tasks will include cleaning the streets, canals, and the environment in their barangays, hauling garbage, planting, and other activities that will improve their areas.
Brilliante also said a resident of a certain barangay can only be a TUPAD beneficiary once a year.
Meanwhile, three Albay municipalities — Daraga, Manito and Malilipot — have each received a brand new firetruck donation from AKB Rep. Elizaldy Co.