The DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), according to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday, had benefited 120,631 Filipinos—mostly informal sector workers—with livelihood assistance in 2015.

 

“Among the DILEEP beneficiaries are workers in the informal sector, particularly the self-employed and unpaid family workers, who constitute workers in vulnerable employment. Vulnerable employment is a serious dimension of the Philippine labor market,” said Baldoz.

 

The DILEEP is the Department’s contribution to the achievement of the government agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and poverty reduction.

 

“It seeks to contribute to poverty reduction and reduce vulnerability to risks of the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers, either through: (1) transitional emergency employment; and (2) promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises.

 

According to Baldoz, 76,522 of the 120,631 DILEEP beneficiaries in 2015 were provided with livelihood assistance valued at P442 million.

 

“They all come from across the country’s 16 regions who were assisted under the Kabuhayan Program, one of the DILEEP’s two main components, the other one being the Emergency Employment Program (EEP), or the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD),” Baldoz said.

 

“The said number of workers was 114 percent of the DOLE’s reformulated target of 62,371 beneficiaries for the year,” she added.

 

She further reported that 36,900 of the 76,522 Kabuhayan Program beneficiaries availed of livelihood enhancement assistance; 34,028 availed of livelihood formation assistance; and 5,594 beneficiaries were provided with emergency employment.

 

In 2015, the DOLE also spent P222.438 million to assist 44,109 beneficiaries under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).

 

Of the TUPAD beneficiaries, 41,027 workers were hired in emergency employment under the DOLE Special Project Fund, which was aimed at reducing poverty through massive job generation. Another 3,082 beneficiaries were under the TUPAD- Augmentation Measures Program for the Prevention of Job Losses and Assistance to Displaced Workers.

 

“Our DILEEP beneficiaries ranged from the self-employed who are unable to earn sufficient income; marginalized and landless farmers; unpaid family workers; parents of child laborers; low wage and seasonal workers; and displaced workers or workers to be displaced as a result of natural and man-made disasters,” said Baldoz.

 

The TUPAD is a community-based (municipality/barangay) package of assistance that provides emergency employment for 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.

 

DOLE regional offices implement the Kabuhayan and TUPAD components of the DILEEP either by direct administration or through an accredited community partner.

 

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