Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Palawan Field Office oriented a total of 847 vulnerable workers from municipalities of Roxas and Aborlan, Palawan, and Puerto Princesa City who were identified as beneficiaries of DOLE under Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) or commonly known as Emergency Employment Program (EEP).

With the help of Barangay Officials, Palawan Field Office Head Mr. Luis B. Evangelista led the said orientation to 271 beneficiaries from Barangays Magara and Salvacion in the Municipality of Roxas last September 6, 2019. Second wave of orientation to 576 beneficiaries for Third (3rd) District of Palawan (Puerto Princesa City and Aborlan) was held on September 17, 2019 at Gazebo Area, Capitol Building, Brgy. Tanglaw, Puerto Princesa City with the assistance from the Office of Congressman Gil Acosta, Jr.

Workers from Roxas will do identified community works for the duration of 20 days while workers from the 3rd District of Palawan will render their services for 30 days. Workers will engage in short-term social community works such as but not limited to repair, maintenance, and/or improvement of common public facilities and infrastructure such as schools and health centers, debris clearing, de-clogging of canals, debris segregation and materials recovery, stockpiling and clearing, among others. Mr. Evangelista also discussed the completeness of documents needed to be submitted after the render of services and the occupational safety and health standards during work duration. He likewise distributed Personal Protective Equipment to individual beneficiary.

DOLE MIMAROPA will also cover the accident insurance of these workers for one (1) year. Each worker will be receiving Php320.00/day of work, the prevailing minimum wage in the MIMAROPA Region. TUPAD or EEP is a community-based (municipality/barangay) 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 90 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed.

End/Renell G. Mayo