CALAPAN CITY, ORIENTAL MINDORO – On 02 April 2020, DOLE MIMAROPA started to pay the wages of 1,894 beneficiaries of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Worker #Barangay ko, Bahay Ko (TUPAD #BKBK) Disinfection/Sanitation Project with a total amount of Php4,500,800.00.
The beneficiaries were paid of their 1st five days through a remittance center and the full payment shall be done immediately after the completion of their ten days work. Each beneficiary shall receive a total amount of Php3,200.00 for ten working days based on the highest prevailing daily wage rate of P320.00 for a private sector worker in the region.
TUPAD #BKBK is one of the Social Amelioration Programs (SAP) of the department under the Bayanihan To Heal as One Act exclusively to provide emergency employment to the underemployed and self-employed workers in the informal sector whose livelihood and earnings were affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) against COVID-19.
The said SAP is being implemented in partnership with the Local Government Units (LGUs) as DOLE’s accredited co-partners, and the health offices in the locality.
Primarily, the LGUs thru their Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) are in-charge of providing the list of beneficiaries to DOLE as well as the documentary requirements needed to process the wages of TUPAD #BKBK workers.
In compliance with the government’s directive and the department’s advisory to strictly enforce social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the workers’ nature of work is only limited to sanitizing/disinfecting their own residential houses and immediate vicinity.
With the vast queries as to the next batch of payment and implementation, DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Albert E. Gutib disclosed “As of April 8, we processed the wages of around seven hundred workers amounting to 1.4M. Those who already received their 5-day wages shall receive in full soon. We also have ongoing implementation with around six thousand workers throughout the region”.
However, Director Gutib emphasized that the workers who wish to be included in the program should meet the TUPAD BKBK qualification. Primarily, TUPAD BKBK should cater to informal sector workers who have lost their livelihood or whose income was affected by the ECQ against COVID-19 as provided for in the Department Order No. 210, series of 2020 issued by DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III. Those who wanted to be part of the program are advised to coordinate with their respective LGUs through our PESOs or at the barangays,” he added.
End/Emmanuel Antonio P. Portugal Jr.