Tacurong City- A total of six thousand two hundred eighty-two (6,282) informal sector workers got their wages totaling to P30,353,874.00 under the DOLE-Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disdavantaged (TUPAD) workers program in the province of Sultan Kudarat during the October 2021 payout conducted by the DOLE-Sultan Kudarat Field Office (SKFO).

DOLE 12 Assistant Regional Director Arlene Bisnon who represented Regional Director Raymundo Agravante,  spearheaded the payment of wages together with DOLE-SKFO Head Mary Jane Hoksuan to program partners that include the Provincial Government Office-Sultan Kudarat amountning to P20,178,144.00 for 4,263 beneficiaries, P6,552,000.00 to Local Government Unit (LGU)-Lutayan for 1,300 individuals, and P3,623,760.00 to LGU-Palimbang for 719 disadvantaged workers.

Beneficaries include tricycle drivers, single parents, displaced wokers, and members of the LGBTQ+ community worked on the community disinfection and sanitation and creation of communal garden.  The said workers received a daily rate equivalent to the prevailing minimum wage in the region and worked for 15 days.

Further, the PGO-Sultan Kudarat planned to purchase the fruits and vegetables from the beneficiaries’ community garden to help augment their income.

“The urban gardening is a kick-start to the marginalized sector’s recovery from economic impact brought by pandemic,” said Sultan Kudarat Governor Suharto Mangudadatu.

In her message, ARD Bisnon assured the Department’s Accredited Co-Partner its continued support and assistance to informal workers of the LGUs in the province.

“The Department is delighted with the initiatives of LGUs in venturing in sustainable work output for our TUPAD beneficiaries like establishing urban gardening for food security and income augmentation,” added ARD Bisnon.

TUPAD is a community-based assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers for a minimum of 10 days, but not to exceed 90 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed. End/KJForcadilla/CDGamboa