Koronadal City- In its bid to curb the effect of COVID-19 pandemic to the vulnerable sectors in the region, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 rolled out a total of Php 9,493,000.00 Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged (TUPAD) workers in the province of South Cotabato.

DOLE 12 Regional Director Raymundo Agravante together with Congressman Ferdinand Hernandez as the department’s partner led the distribution of TUPAD checks in various municipalities of South Cotabato from June 30-July 6, 2020.

Barangay Dumadalig in Tantangan as Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) received Php 426,000 for 127 beneficiaries, Brgy. Liwanay (Banga) with Php 934,000 for 278 beneficiaries, Brgy. Liberty (Norala) with Php 4,746,000 for 1,456 beneficiaries, Local Government Unit (LGU)-Lake Sebu with Php 1,441,000 for 429 beneficiaries, and LGU-T’boli with Php 1,945,000 for its 579 beneficiaries.

“Dako na ni nga bagay ang sweldo sa panahon sang pandemya, nalipay gid kami kay ara ang DOLE nga nagbaba sang bulig sa tulad namon nga kubos,” said beneficiary Armando.

(The salary is already a big help to us considering its pandemic time, we are happy because DOLE really reach and give out assistance to poor like us.)

RD Agravante in his message reminded the beneficiaries to prioritize their salaries in buying essential needs. “We know the 10-day salary is not too big but in pandemic like this, it means a lot,” added RD Agravante. TUPAD is one of the programs of the department that help the marginalized sectors of the community earn emergency employment and help ease the post-effect of pandemic COVID-19. End/CDGamboa/OMSaltiga