News Release
Department of Labor and Employment
September 13, 2020

Rubber firm workers, hundreds more get DOLE aid

Over a hundred rubber workers in Zamboanga Sibugay and close to a thousand more in Zamboanga Peninsula received more than P7.5 million in emergency employment assistance to help them recover from the effects of the Covid pandemic in the region, the labor department reported on Saturday.

DOLE 9 Regional Director Atty. Roy L. Buenafe identified among the beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program of the government as members of the Goodyear Agrarian Reform Multipurpose Cooperative (GARBEMCO) in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Buenafe said that the distressed rubber workers received their wages for rendering services under a ten-day employment program. Specifically, the TUPAD beneficiaries engaged in social community projects and community disinfection/sanitation activities with strict observance of social/physical distancing and the use of basic personal protective equipment (PPEs).

Each beneficiary received P3,160 or P316 a day, which is equivalent to the prevailing minimum wage in the region.

Alriz E. Limaro, one of the recipients expressed gratitude to DOLE 9 saying, “Daghang salamat sa suporta nga gihatag sa DOLE tungod kay dako kining tabang namo sa among inadlaw nga panginahanglon niining panahon sa pandemic nga ubos ang among income. (We are thankful to DOLE for the support given us during this time of pandemic. This will help us provide the daily needs of our family.)

Krizly Yurag likewise thanked DOLE for the assistance provided by the department: “Dako jud akong pasalamat sa DOLE nga naapil sa maong programa kay nakatubag sa among panginahanglanon tungod kay lisod kaayo ang panginabuhian tungod sa COVID-19 pandemic. (I would like to thank DOLE for including us in the program as it answered our needs in these challenging times due to COVID-19 pandemic).”

In Zamboanga del Sur, DOLE 9 released over P6.9 million to 699 informal sector workers in the municipalities of Bayog, Dumingag and Kumalarang under the TUPAD program. TUPAD is a community-based 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.

Buenafe personally handed the checks to the mayors of the three towns last week in a simple turn-over ceremony held at the Pagadian City Fish Port.

He said the amount will provide the much-needed support to each worker’s family especially in the time of COVID-19 pandemic.

Of the total amount, Bayog municipality received Php2.364 million to benefit 122 workers for a period of 60 days’ work; Dumingag town received Php2.350 million as wages of 455 workers working for a shorter period of 30 days while Kumalarang town was allotted a budget of Php2.364 million for the salaries of 122 workers across a 60-day working period. – ###

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