MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, October 16 – The Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. 10 (DOLE-10) released the amount of P1,440,800.00 to the Provincial Government of Camiguin under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating mga Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers Program (TUPAD) and the enhancement of the Cultured Mushroom Project on 30 September 2015 held in the Camiguin Convention Center.
The amount was released through DOLE’s Camiguin Provincial Field Office (Cam PFO).
Cam PFO head, Arlyn Z. Bael explained that the P1,000,000.00 is for the payment of wages of the 328 TUPAD beneficiaries.
“Meanwhile, the P440,800.00 is for the enhancement of the Cultured Mushroom Project of Barangay Tagdo of the municipality, benefiting 30 beneficiaries,” she added.
DOLE-10 Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante said TUPAD is under DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) mainly for the unemployed poor.
This will provide short-term wage employment as their immediate source of income and their families.
Meanwhile, Bael said DOLE will ensure the beneficiaries will be provided with employability enhancement trainings and prepare them for another employment after the completion of the project.
The project will also provide social protection for the beneficiaries from the risks in employment.
Kabuhayan Program, also under the DILEEP, grants assistance on the livelihood capacity-building for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers.
It provides working capital solely for the purchase of equipment, tools and jigs, raw materials, among others, to be used in their livelihood undertakings.
Representing Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo was lawyer Frances Margaret Aparte who supports DOLE programs.
“We are very thankful that DOLE gave us funds for employment which will be a great help for the constituents of Camiguin to augment their income,” said Aparte.
The employment of TUPAD will start on 5, 10, 12, 14-15 October for the five municipalities of the province. (Jovelyn V. Perez/DOLE-X Camiguin PFO)