Informal sector workers who have temporarily lost their livelihood due to the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon can apply for the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) temporary employment program.
The DOLE has set aside P180-million emergency employment program under the Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Displaced/Underprivileged Workers (TUPAD) which will be offered to 16,000 informal sector workers.
In its Department Order No. 210 or the “Guidelines for the Implementation of TUPAD #Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko Disinfecting/Sanitation Project,” the DOLE said the program is a community-based package of assistance that will provide temporary wage employment for displaced workers, underemployed, and self-employed workers.
Who can apply for the TUPAD work program?
Qualified beneficiaries for the program are underemployed, self-employed, and displaced marginalized workers who have lost their livelihood or whose earning were affected due to the enhanced community quarantine against COVID-19.
What are the requirements?
Since the work is community-based, a local government unit must submit an application letter addressed to concerned DOLE regional director.
Other requirements needed to be submitted to the DOLE Regional Office are the following:
- Detailed and duly signed TUPAD project proposal and work program indicating an equity equivalent to at least 20\% of the total project cost in the form of equipment or tools
- Certification from LGU or barangay that the target beneficiaries are underemployed or displaced
- Profile of beneficiaries and proponents
- Board or Sangguniang Barangay Resolution authorizing a local chief executive to enter into a memorandum of agreement to avail of the DOLE program
- Memorandum of agreement between DOLE regional office and the local government unit (LGU)
- Copy of LGU’s local development plan referring to employment/social services, with detailed estimates of approved project expenditures or estimated expenses
- Certification of no unliquidated cash advances and/or grants from DOLE
What is the nature of work?
The nature of work under the TUPAD program shall be the disinfection or sanitation of their houses/dwellings and their immediate vicinity.
How long is the temporary employment period?
The duration of work shall be limited to 10 days.
What are the benefits?
Beneficiaries are entitled to payment of wages equivalent to 100\% of the prevailing highest minimum wage in their respective regions, enrollment to group micro-insurance, and conduct of basic orientation on safety and healthy practices through dissemination of brochures.
The DOLE Regional Office concerned are also advised to provide cleaning solutions, and ensure that the TUPAD beneficiaries are properly advised to regularly and thoroughly wash their hands using soap and water or alcohol based sanitizers. —LDF, GMA News