The beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program or the Emergency Employment Program (EEP), who were affected by Typhoon Nina are no longer required to provide their own protective equipment and micro-insurance for the community service work provided by the assistance program.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III issued Department Order No. 171 which states that the work programs for the said worker-beneficiaries are not considered hazardous as defined in the Rule 1013 of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards.

“With the urgent need to provide the TUPAD or EPP as post-disaster intervention to the workers affected by typhoon Nina, the provision of personal protective equipment and micro-insurance under the program, will no longer be required provided that work programs do not fall under hazardous work as defined in Rule 1013 of the Occupational Safety and Health Standards, series of 1989,” Bello said.

He also said that the program is part of the extended support of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in providing relief and livelihood assistance to the victims of the typhoon.

“DOLE will always provide urgent aid and support for the victims, especially in assisting displaced workers return to their normal life and recover from the brunt of calamity by giving them short-term income support,” Bello said.

Under the program, TUPAD beneficiaries will undertake a 10-day community service with a minimum salary of P285.00 a day.

During the employment, TUPAD beneficiaries will also be provided with employability enhancement training to prepare them for another round of employment after the completion of the emergency employment.

###Abegail De Vega

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