The province of Occidental Mindoro is one of the provinces in Southern Luzon that was placed under the Enhanced Community Quarantine as the threat posed by Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) persisted not only in the country but also globally.

The DOLE MIMAROPA thru Occidental Mindoro Field Office immediately responded to this call for assistance through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers Program #Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko (TUPAD #BKBK) Disinfecting/Sanitation Project to cushion/mitigate the unexpected and huge impact of this pandemic to the informal sector workers and their means of livelihood.

On April 3, DOLE OccMin Field Office Head Carlo B. Villaflores awarded the amount of P480,000.00 each to LGUs Magsaysay and Calintaan and P640,000.00 to LGU Rizal, respectively as the Department’s Accredited Co-Partners (ACPs) in implementing the program benefitting a total of 500 workers in the informal sector who has just started their work.

At the same time, LGU Sta. Cruz with 125 beneficiaries have also started to disinfect their respective houses.

Meanwhile, LGUs Abra de Ilog (400 beneficiaries), San Jose (150), Sablayan (150), Lubang (150), Mamburao (150), Paluan (230) and the Provincial Government of Occidental Mindoro (5,765 beneficiaries) shall also commence their disinfecting/sanitizing activities by 13 April 2020, for a ten-day work program at the rate of daily minimum wage in MIMAROPA at P320.00/ day summing a total of P24.3M allocation in the entire province.

LGUs work program shall be done within the barangay supplied with disinfectants and cleaning other cleaning materials.

TUPAD is stipulated in the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” under Republic Act No. 11469 approved by President Duterte on March 24, 2020 and in line with Proclamations No. 922 and 929 series of 2020 declaring a State of Public Health Emergency and State of Calamity throughout the country due to COVID-19.

End/Gener L. Francisco