The Department of Labor and Employment has awarded a P2.2 million livelihood and emergency employment assistance package to two workers’ associations and one local government unit in Davao Oriental.

 

Under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) component of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), the local government unit of Manay in Davao Oriental was awarded with P1,000,000 for the temporary employment of 146 worker victims who were displaced due to the armed conflict in the area.

 

Meanwhile, under the KABUHAYAN component of DILEEP, livelihood assistance worth P629,354 was awarded to the 65 members of San Isidro Driftwood Makers Association for their driftwood furniture production and another P600,000 was awarded to the 60 members of Davao Oriental Bag Weavers Association (DOBWA).

 

The award was made by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III over the weekend during the 6th Workers in the Informal Economy Labor Day celebration in SMX Convention Center in Davao City.

 

It was witnessed by Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod, Assistant Secretary Ma. Gloria A. Tango, DOLE Regional Office No. 11 Director Raymundo Agravante, DOLE Regional Office No. 11 Assistant Regional Director Naomi Lyn Abellana, and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Consultant for Mindanao Luz Ilagan.

 

The TUPAD is a community-based (municipality/barangay) 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 livelihood or KABUHAYAN Program, on the other hand, is a grant assistance for capacity-building on livelihood for the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized workers.

 

In February, Secretary Bello issued Department Order No. 173 or the revised guidelines in the implementation of DILEEP.

 

The DILEEP, which is implemented through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), is the DOLE’s contribution to the governments’ agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and substantial poverty reduction to reduce the vulnerability to risks of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers.

 

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