Kidapawan City- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 has already provided emergency employment to 4,738 workers in Cotabato Province through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged workers #Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko (TUPAD #BKBK) Disinfecting Project.

The beneficiaries worked for a minimum of 10 days and received P326.00 daily salary, the prevailing mimimum wage rate in the region. Each beneficiary enjoyed an amount of P3,260.00 after their 10-day work period.

To date, the Department has already paid Php 17,047,150.00 to beneficiaries in Cotabato Province.

Under the TUPAD #BKBK project, beneficiaries’ main duty was to clean and disinfect their homes with the assistance of local health officers. Some voluntarily assisted barangay officials in checkpoints and repacking of relief goods during the enhanced/general community quarantine.

Further, 531 beneficiaries in Barangay Manongol, Kidapawan City planted vegetables seeds for 10 days as part of their main task in helping their community’s food security program.

“Ang pulo ka adlaw nga emergency employment daku gid nga bulig sa akon pamilya para masustiner ang amon kinahanglan sa balay. Salamat gid DOLE kag gobyerno,” said beneficiary Roger of Kidapawan City.

(The 10-day emergency employment was really a big help in sustaining our basic needs in the family. Thank you DOLE and to our government.)

“The Department never ceases in addressing the needs of our informal sector and displaced workers brought by the pandemic COVID-19,” said RD Sisinio Cano.

He added that DOLE 12 field offices in the region are closely coordinating with Local Government Units (LGUs) to help provide economic aid to vulnerable sectors of the society.

TUPAD #BKBK or DOLE Department Order No. 210 was issued to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 to the livelihood of workers in the informal sector. Local Government Units (LGUs) act as program partners in the implementation of the said project. End/MPLatoja/KPBPacatang