BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Another batch of beneficiaries from E. B. Magalona yesterday received their wages under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) – Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers (TUPAD).
A total of 611 residents received P4,500 in wages for rendering 10 days of clean-up drive, during the cash payout facilitated by Victoria Diwata Borines, focal coordinator of DOLE-TUPAD Negros Occidental Field Office and Jessilyn Plaza, manager of E. B. Magalona Public Employment Service Office (PESO), at the Public Plaza.
The TUPAD fund was facilitated by Abang Lingkod Party-list Rep. Joseph Stephen Paduano, as requested by Mayor Marvin Malacon.
Joining Malacon at the payout program were Councilors Jovie Madayag and Isidro Gomed Jr.
On October 18, a total of 677 residents had also received their P4,500 wages from DOLE TUPAD. It was facilitated by 3rd District Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez.
Malacon said the local and national governments have a strong partnership in looking for ways to assist displaced and disadvantaged workers, as well as indigent residents and senior citizens.
He also reiterated his encouragement to parents to prioritize sending their children to school despite the hardships, as this is one sure way to get out of poverty when their children become gainfully employed.
The TUPAD beneficiaries conducted clean-up drives in their respective barangays at four hours a day for 10 days, with a rate of P450 per day or P4,500 for 10 days.
The beneficiaries were also given PPEs (personal protective equipment), comprised of long sleeves shirt, buri hat, and face masks, for use in the cleanup drive.*