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As the country prepares to adopt a new normal work setting, informal sector workers are set to benefit from the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) emergency employment program to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic to the sector.

The Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) is one of the DOLE’s post-COVID intervention measures to help the informal sector workers recover from loss of income.

The emergency employment will provide jobs that will help the Local Government Units (LGU) such as delivery of essential goods and services, packing of relief goods, transport services for frontliners, sanitation and disinfection of communities, and other tasks that will be determined by the LGUs, as directed by Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III through an Administrative Order issued on May 1.

“The regular TUPAD program is seen to benefit 900,000 informal sector workers, a huge part of it had sought assistance under the #BKBK program,” Bello stated.

Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns’ (BWSC) Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said in a statement that the project will require at least Php 4 billion budget.

“The program will commence this month and will run until June in areas under General Community Quarantine,” Trayvilla added.

In a recent report to the President, the TUPAD program has already assisted roughly 337,000 vulnerable workers, ranging from street vendors to Grab drivers as beneficiaries.

Moreover, a separate enhanced TUPAD is seen as a component of the post-COVID recovery package which involves a three-month employment plan for informal sector workers who will avail of the Balik Probinsya program.

TUPAD is one of the flagship programs of the DOLE that provides temporary wage  employment to informal sector workers affected by natural or man-made calamities.

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