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DOLE pays P5.1M to Bohol TUPAD beneficiaries

INFORMAL sector workers in some municipalities in Bohol received their wages amounting to 5.1 Million Pesos from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as beneficiaries of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers or TUPAD in the province of Bohol.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton announced that the beneficiaries are residents of the municipalities of Dauis, Alburquerque, Sikatuna and Baclayon who did community clean-up and beautification of tourist activity spots in their respective localities for ten (10) days.

A total of 1,281 workers from the municipalities involved benefited the TUPAD.

“We had to schedule three batches of payouts in the town of Dauis, where it registered around 1,133 TUPAD workers to be able to effectively observe the minimum health protocol during the distribution of reference codes,” she said.

Reference codes were used by all TUPAD beneficiaries to claim their salaries at the nearest branch of the Department’s partner money remittance center and the same were distributed to the 41 beneficiaries in Alburquerque as well as in Sikatuna where there were 39 TUPAD workers and in Baclayon for its 68 beneficiaries.

Siatom thanked the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) of the concerned municipalities for helping DOLE efficiently distribute the reference codes to all beneficiaries in a timely manner.

According to DOLE Bohol OIC Angelie T. Salgados, in the town of Dauis, DOLE shelled out Php464,600.00 for the wages of first batch of TUPAD workers, Php1,967,480.00 and Php2,145,240.00 for the wages of those falling under the second and third batches, respectively.

The Department collectively spent Php597,920.00 for the wages of the TUPAD workers in the towns of Alburquerque, Sikatuna and Baclayon.

Beneficiaries were paid with the highest prevailing minimum wage rate in the Region – Php404.00 per day and were also provided with an orientation on safety and health as well as personal protective equipment (PPEs) including a Group Personal Accident Insurance (GPAI) coverage with the GSIS for one year. PR