October 4, 2019
On displaced Star City workers
The labor department is making available P5.5 million in emergency employment assistance to about 500 workers of Star City who were displaced as a result of the fire that razed the amusement park on Wednesday morning.
The assistance, under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program, will be extended to the affected workers for two months.
TUPAD is an emergency employment program for displaced workers, underemployed, and seasonal workers. The assistance is similar to that provided to employees of the gutted NCCC Mall in Davao City last year, those affected by the eruption of Mayon Volcano also in 2018, and the six-month closure of Boracay.
Based on initial reports submitted by OIC Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay and the findings of the Quick Response Team (QRT) of the DOLE National Capital Region (NCR), some 500 employees are left on a ‘no work, no pay’ situation.
Most of the affected workers are said to perform in administrative works, while the displacement may run for six months.
In order to help ease the anxiety of the affected workers, the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Pasay will conduct a profiling and assessment on the displaced workers for potential alternative employment. #