At least 109 flood-affected residents of San Carlos City, especially those from barangays 1, 5, and Rizal, will start working through the Tupad program of the Department of Labor and Employment before the end of this month.
City Mayor Renato Gustilo, with the personnel of the Public Employment Service Office, oriented the beneficiaries on the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers program at the City Auditorium on Saturday, a press release from the city said.
Erel Lim, Peso in charge, said the program is a national fund from the office of Senator Joel Villanueva, passed on to the city and implemented through the DOLE program.
He added that Gustilo initially wanted to give it to all 18 barangays, but decided to prioritize those affected by the flashfloods.
Each beneficiary will work under a 10-day employment program and will earn a minimum wage of P395 per day. They will work on community gardening, unclog canals, and clean their respective community area.
The budget is P500,000, including that of the Personal Protective Equipment such as green long sleeves, gloves, masks, and hats that were also distributed to the beneficiaries.
Rizaldo Ramirez, Tupad beneficiary from Barangay I, said he is grateful to the barangay captain and officials, and Gustilo, for helping them. He added that he will use his salary to repair his house and buy necessities.
The beneficiaries were chosen by their barangay captains and were evaluated by the DOLE Region 6.
A total of P1.7 million was released to 998 Project FREE or Flagships to Reach Educational Excellence Paglaum teacher-scholars comprising Batch 2, of the provincial government, in a distribution ceremony held at the Panaad Park in Bacolod City over the weekend.
The beneficiaries are public elementary and high school teachers in the province, who availed of post-graduate studies, a press release from the Capitol said.
The activity was facilitated by the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program, headed by Karen Dinsay, and the Provincial Treasurer’s Office.
Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson lauded the teacher-scholars for observing safety protocols during the activity. He also told them to support the Covid-19 vaccination program of the government to slowly recover and move toward development.*