LGUs can coordinate with national agencies to provide support to displaced workers and other affected sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department of Labor and Employment – Eastern Samar Field Office (DOLE-ESFO) distributed P14-M Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Dis-advantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program for the year 2020.
TUPAD aims to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 to workers in the informal sector. This is pursuant to Department Order No. 219, series of 2020 on the implementation of the TUPAD program under Bayanihan 2 to Recover as one Act. Each TUPAD worker received a minimum wage of P325.00 per day for 10 or 15 days for four hours a day only to reduce the possible risk of exposure of beneficiaries.
Aside from the wages, they also received P400.00 for Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and P56.00 for GSIS Micro-Insurance.
TUPAD has provided emergency employment to 3,017 workers to 18 municipalities of Eastern Samar.
The 3,017 informal sector workers were hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The TUPAD program is a safety net program that provides temporary wage employment to the workers in the informal sector particularly the unpaid family workers. This also gives assistance to self-employed workers with elementary occupations displaced or those whose earnings were affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.