The City Government of Malaybalay through the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) conducted an orientation on the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for several barangays in the city.

On April 19, the orientation occurred at Barangay San Jose, meanwhile on April 21, at Upper Pulangui District barangays, and on May 6, at Sitio Bendum. A total of 228 beneficiaries attended the orientation.

TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers, 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. The orientation is part of the pre-implementation phase of the TUPAD program.

The activity highlights the basic information about the livelihood program as well as the assistance package that includes payment of wages. Furthermore, they will be provided with uniforms and basic protective equipment.

Beneficiaries will engage in social community projects for ten (10) days in which they will receive P3,650.00 by the end of their contract and will be released through the Accredited Co-Partner (ACP).

PESO Manager, Atty. Anna Marie R. Bergado expressed in her message that the PESO is instrumental in bringing programs and services of DOLE closer to the people, especially those in far-flung areas.

Beneficiaries from Barangay San Jose were the evacuees affected by Typhoon Agaton meanwhile beneficiaries from Upper Pulangui are underemployed and/or seasonal workers affected by the pandemic and other forms of calamities.

All beneficiaries were profiled subject to compliance with the requirements under the DOLE Department Order 219-20, series of 2020.

Moreover, beneficiaries especially from Sitio Bendum expressed their utmost gratitude that efforts to extend programs and services were made to reach their remote area.

By: Juvee Lyne P. Timay