“Our commitment to continually implement the DOLE’s core programs to help reduce unemployment, especially among the disadvantaged sector remains strong,” Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis Baldoz said yesterday, as she announced that a total of P9.540 million pesos had been released for the Government Internship Program (GIP) and the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged (TUPAD) Workers Programs.

Citing the report of OIC Director Warren Miclat of Financial Management Service, Baldoz said that this 2016, the total amount released for both programs already reached P9.540 million as of March 16, 2016, benefiting 49 and 1,433 workers in GIP and TUPAD respectively.

The program is spread nationwide, and this first quarter of 2016, it has already been implemented in the NCR with 20 beneficiaries in GIP and 325 beneficiaries in TUPAD; Region 1 with 884 beneficiaries in TUPAD; CAR with 18 beneficiaries in TUPAD; Region 4B with 206 beneficiaries in TUPAD; and Region 11 with 29 beneficiaries in GIP.

The GIP and TUPAD are just two of the core programs of the Department aimed at delivering employment opportunities to Filipino and contribute to poverty reduction.

The GIP enables young graduates to be trained in government service and to earn experience, which is a crucial requirement during their transition from school to real workplace.

“THE DOLE-GIP is one way of providing our interns with a chance to use and hone their talents and skills for government service. Apart from the training they get, it is also a valuable opportunity for them to appreciate public service. Most of our GIPs are assigned in the frontline and technical support services where the heart of client service take place. These exposures definitely enhance the employability of our young and talented Filipino college graduates,” Baldoz said.

The internship program started at the Department in May 2012 when it accepted fresh college graduates of S.Y. 2011-2012 who are holders of degree courses relevant to the DOLE’s operations, such as economics, law, labor and industrial relations, social science, political science, public administration, and journalism/communication.

Making the program more inclusive, the revised guidelines now extends the program to the youth coming from and/or identified at the following government projects: (a) National Household Targeting System; (b) Local Government Units participating in the Bottom-Up-Budgeting; and (c) Priority areas identified by the Joint Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster and NEDA Social Development Committee.

On the other hand, TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers in the municipality or barangay, underemployed, and employed poor, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of the work to be performed.

During the employment, TUPAD beneficiaries are provided with employability enhancement training to prepare them for another round of employment after the completion of the emergency employment. TUPAD also provides social protection measures.

Since 2010, the TUPAD program has provided immediate income relief to tens of thousands of displaced workers and their families who were victims of natural calamities, like typhoons, floods, and earthquake.

Through the TUPAD, the DOLE was able to assist displaced workers return to normal life and recover from the brunt of calamity by giving them short-term income support. At the same time, the DOLE, through the TUPAD, also enlist the beneficiaries for the rehabilitation, clearing and cleaning of their affected communities.

DOLE Secretary Baldoz emphasized that TUPAD is an emergency employment program that seeks to enable disaster-stricken families to recover from calamities, and to have better access to social protection and sustainable income sources.

END/GSR with reports from Katherine Mae Bautista


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