TUPAD workers restore water supply in Batanes capital

TUGUEGARAO CITY –The Department of Labor and Employment – Regional Office-2 (DOLE 2) has provided emergency employment to 30 displaced workers of Basco, Batanes through its “Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD)” Program.

The beneficiaries hiked the legendary Mt. Iraya to repair the water system supplying Basco, capital town of Batanes.

They walked 12 kilometers of winding trail for about five hours just to reach the location of the damaged water system.

“Our funds for wages of laborers has already been exhausted. With the assistance of DOLE 2, we were able to complete the repair of our damaged water system,” Vice-Mayor German Caccam said in a telephone interview.

The water system of Basco, supplying around 70% of the total population or about 6,000 people, was heavily damaged by typhoon “Ferdie” last year. Soil erosion and rolling big stones damaged the facility.

The TUPAD program of DOLE gives an opportunity for displaced workers to cope from their loss of source of living. The hired workers will be employed for a period of 10-30 days.

The DOLE provides the wage, while the materials, tools, jigs and/or equipment are the counterpart of local government units.

The said beneficiaries were paid with prevailing minimum wage equivalent to ₱300.00 per day. Each beneficiary received ₱3,000.00. RBEstioco/PNA-northboundasia.com