Department of Labor and Employment
October 6, 2021
Bello awards P15.6-M DOLE aid to Rizal workers
Close to 4,000 informal sector workers in Rizal province received cash-for-work and livelihood assistance amounting to P15.6 million from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Labor Secretary Silvestre ‘Bebot’ Bello III led the awarding of salaries worth P12.9 million to emergency employment beneficiaries and livelihood assistance worth P2.7 million to ambulant vendors in Ynares Event Center, Antipolo City on Monday.
Over 3,000 informal sector workers received their wages worth P4,000 each for their 10-day community work under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.
In his message, the labor chief encouraged the workers to use the Department’s assistance wisely. He also instructed for the allotment of over 1,000 additional TUPAD beneficiaries in Antipolo.
Under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, meanwhile, 97 ambulant vendors received ‘Negosyo sa Kariton’ (Nego-Karts) to augment their existing livelihood undertakings.
Antipolo City Mayor Andrea Ynares thanked the labor department led by Secretary Bello and the Rizal Public Employment Service Office for the assistance to the local government since the start of the pandemic.
Among those who benefited from the DOLE assistance, she added, are drivers, solo parents, and women workers.
Bello also led the awarding of safety seal certifications to V&F Ice Plant and Cold Storage, Inc.; Biba Cakes and Pastries; and Republic Cement and Building Materials, Inc. to confirm their compliance to government-mandated safety and health protocols against COVID-19.
Ana Teresa Gomez, Human Resource Development Head at V&F Ice Plant and Cold Storage, Inc. in Antipolo said the company applied for the safety seal to protect their workers and customers.
She lauded the convenient application process and shared that the company’s branches in Visayas and Mindanao are also applying for the voluntary certification.
Gomez said some of the safety protocols that they observe are temperature checks, frequent hand washing, social distancing, and the use of disinfectant foot baths and safety measure signages in the company premises.