Kidapawan City- The two hundred six DOLE-Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced worker (TUPAD) beneficiaries assisted the Metro Kidapawan Water District (MKWD) in the full restoration of water systems in Kidapawan City and neighboring municipalities of Cotabato Province after series of earthquake strucked and caused minor to major damages in its water system pipelines.

Workers cleaned and cleared the area and established new trails for the water system in Lapaan Dam 1 and 2 of Barangay Perez and Buhay of Kidapawan City and Makilala. The workers started the clearing operations on December which lasted for 20 days. Said areas were declared by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and Philippine Institute of Volcanolgy and Seismology (PHILVOLCS) as no build zones.

Further, the chosen and affected workers were members of the indigenous people who lost their livelihood and shelters.

“Nalipay kami kay bisan biktima pud kami ka linog pero nakatabang pud kami na mabalik ang tubig para sa tanan nga residente,” said Roland, one of the beneficiaries.

(We are also victims of the earthquake but we are happy because we could help restore the water source for all the residents.)

The Department has appropriated an amount of Php1,291,000.00 for the beneficiaries’s 20 days salary and a one year GSIS insurance coverage as its immediate intervention through the provision of temporary/emergency employment.

“We are thankful for the our private partner through MKWD in choosing our identified beneficiaries to work on their emergency and special project. This only vindicate that public-private partnership really works,” RD Sisinio Cano said.

TUPAD is one of the components of DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) which is a community-based  (municipality/barangay) package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, the underemployed and the unemployed poor for a minimum of 10 days but not to exceed 90 days depending on the work to be performed.End/MPLatoja/ANBGrafilo