MORE THAN P100 million in cash aid was distributed to over 5,000 displaced workers in Mountain Province through the Labor department’s assistance program for workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
In a news release on Sunday, the Department of Labor and Employment said the beneficiaries were from six of the 10 towns in the province, including
Paracelis, Natonin, Barlig, Tadian, Sabangan, and the capital Bontoc.
Paracelis Mayor Marcos G. Ayangwa said aside from the impact of the pandemic on peoples’ livelihood, more than 4,000 workers in his municipality were displaced due to typhoon Rosita in Oct. 2018, which destroyed farm areas.
The Labor department’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para Sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program provides employment to displaced, underemployed, and seasonal workers for a period of 10 to 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed.
Beneficiaries are hired for social, economic, and agroforestry community projects such as for repair, maintenance, and/or improvement of common public facilities and infrastructure, tree planting, seedling preparation, and reforestation. — Bianca Angelica D. Añago