To help cushion the impact of COVID-19, the Department of Labor and Employment continuously aided workers from the vulnerable and marginalized sectors through its social amelioration programs.
In a recent report to the President, the DOLE has reached around 1M workers, 330,000 of those were from the informal sector under its flagship program, the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers, #Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko (TUPAD #BKBK).
Under the TUPAD #BKBK Program, DOLE has provided assistance to 337,198 vulnerable workers, with P1.03B disbursed amount, from its 10-day emergency employment, and were paid the prevailing minimum wage in their respective regions.
The program involves disinfection and sanitation of the beneficiaries’ homes and surroundings while observing physical distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Imelda Abilot, a beneficiary of #BKBK project, and a street vendor, thanked the DOLE for the financial assitance extended to their barangay during this crisis.
“Simula nang nagka COVID-19, nawalan kami ng hanapbuhay. Malaking tulong ang #BKBK dahil nagbigay ito ng assistance at tulong sa amin para sa pang araw-araw. Nagpapasalamat din ako sa DOLE RO 10 dahil naging beneficiary ang barangay namin kaya kami nabigyan ng trabaho. Maraming salamat.”
In his statement for the Labor Day celebration, DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III assured the public that a recovery plan post-COVID is in the works for the generation of a fresh one million jobs in the provinces as the country settles in for the “new normal” work environment.
“Since the recovery plan is anchored on the concept of balik-probinsya, we will continue and enhance the implementation of the labor department’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/ Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program for the next three months to employ “returnees” and those in the barangays,” Bello added.