DOLE-2 pays salaries of emergency employment beneficiaries in Batanes

TUGUEGARAO CITY — The Department of Labor and Employment– Regional Office No. 2 (DOLE 2) paid over the weekend the salaries of 503 beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) or emergency employment in the province of Batanes.

Out of the total beneficiaries, 195 among them are from Basco, 116 are residents of Itbayat, 85 are dwellers of Sabtang, 74 are residents of Mahatao and 33 are from Ivana.

Of the total amount of PHP3.7 million, PHP1.4 million was awarded to the beneficiaries of Basco, PHP0.8 million to the beneficiaries of Itbayat, PHP0.6 million for Sabtang, PHP0.5 million for Mahatao, and PHP0.2 million to the beneficiaries of the municipality Ivana.

“Even in the farthest island in the region, we will make sure that the programs and services of DOLE be fairly distributed,” said Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez Jr., DOLE 2 Regional Director.

Rodriguez added that the TUPAD beneficiaries in the province of Batanes were displaced farmers and fishermen by the prolonged dry spell and phenomenon brought by typhoons Hanna and Ineng, who were provided temporary employment.

Community services such as cleaning of farm to market roads and creek canals, hauling, seedling production and tree planting were among the services the beneficiaries rendered.

During the visit to Batanes by DOLE 2 staff to release the salary of the TUPAD beneficiaries, computers were also awarded to the municipalities of Uyugan, Sabtang and Ivana for their Skills Registry System (SRS).

The SRS is a national database which links the country’s active labor force including information on skills and qualifications of the registrants. It is accessible online at srs.philjobnet.ph.

Meanwhile, TUPAD or emergency Employment Program is a community-based (municipality/barangay) package of assistance that provides emergency employment to displaced workers, underemployed, and unemployed poor, for a minimum period of 10 days but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed. PNA/northboundasia.com