Lake Sebu, South Cotabato- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 rolled out government assistance to informal sector workers who were hard hit by COVID-19 pandemic and turned-over the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged (TUPAD) program checks to Local Government Units (LGUs) of Tantangan, Banga, Surallah, and Lake Sebu, this province on 03-04 December 2020.

DOLE 12 Regional Director Raymundo Agravante and Assistant Regional Director/Head of DOLE-South Cotabato Field Office Arlene Bisnon led the said awarding of checks that will benefit 189 vulnerable workers of Tantangan with (P 945,000.00) assistance, 281 beneficiaries for Banga (P 1,405,000.00), 281 for Surallah (P 1,405,000.00), and 188 workers for Lake Sebu (P 940,000.00).

Under the Bayanihan II-TUPAD program, beneficiaries render a 14-day community work that entitle them a P 5,000.00 cash aid. The said emergency employment program is also in partnership with the Barangay Government Units (BGUs) of New Cuyapo (Tantangan), Liwanay (Banga), Canahay (Surallah), Lamcade (Lake Sebu), and Office of the 2nd Congressional District of South Cotabato as the DOLE Accredited Co-Partners

In his message, RD Agravante thanked all the program partners of the Department especially the BGUs who worked hard in identifying qualified beneficiaries.

“It’s almost end of the year but the job in helping our vulnerable sectors especially those who are in the farthest barangay should not stop since the pandemic is not yet over,” added RD Agravante.

Republic Act No. 11494 or Bayanihan to Recover as One Act aims to reduce the untoward effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the socio-economic well-being of all Filipinos through the provision of assistance, subsidies, and other forms of socio-economic relief. The DOLE is among the national government allocated/provided with the budget to implement programs intended for those affected workers who were displaced due to COVID-19 pandemic. End/CDGamboa