3,761 displaced workers hired in Muntinlupa under community quarantine
from June 26, 2020 01:00 am to June 26, 2020 01:00 am
A total of 3,761 displaced workers were hired by the Muntinlupa City government during the community quarantine in the last three months.
According to the city’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO), the displaced workers were given jobs under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.
TUPAD, a program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), provides emergency employment for displaced workers including drivers of tricycles, jeeps and pedicabs for a minimum period of 10 days.
“The City Government of Muntinlupa will continue to assist our displaced workers in the city since they are one of the most hardly-hit sectors in the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said.
Tens of thousands of people lost their jobs and were unable to work when Metro Manila was put under enhanced community quarantine in March due to the spread of the coronavirus.
In Muntinlupa, the TUPAD workers were deployed to help in the city’s repacking and distribution of relief goods for families. Others were assigned to help in the disinfection and sanitation of their houses and immediate vicinity through the DOLE-TUPAD #Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko Disinfecting/Sanitation (#BKBK) Project.
Displaced seamstresses were also hired to produce face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontliners and city residents.
A budget of P21.018 million was allocated for the program with augmentation from the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Gender and Development Office, Muntinlupa City Technical Institute, and the office of Rep. Ruffy Biazon.
TUPAD beneficiaries have rendered 15 working days in the program and received a salary of P537 per day.
As of June 25, Muntinlupa City has 359 confirmed COVID-19 cases including 248 recoveries and 37 deaths, leaving 74 active cases.