SAN JOSE, Antique – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) assures assistance to farmers with the onset of El Niño phenomenon in Antique this March.
“The DOLE will launch the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) and will provides cash-for-work program for displaced farm workers affected by the dry spell,” said DOLE Labor and Employment Officer Virginia Misajon.
The DOLE will conduct an orientation to 16,000 TUPAD applicants in 18 towns of the province on March 19 to 22, Misajon said.
“Most of these applicants are sugar migrants and indigenous people looking for alternative jobs aside from their farm works affected by the dry spell,” she added.
She noted the TUPAD beneficiaries could be deployed in municipal projects like drainage cleanup, farm-to-market road improvement, school gardening, and agro-forestry.
“The TUPAD worker will be receiving P365 minimum wage per day,” she said
Misajon said the TUPAD is the first to be implemented for the year through the direct administration of DOLE in Antique. (With a report from PNA/PN)