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Typhoon stricken regions of Bicol and Cagayan Valley are now rebuilding their livelihood after being hit by two typhoons, Rolly and Ulysses, in a span of two weeks.

These provinces affected by calamities were quickly heeded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) by providing emergency employment through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program.

Last 10 November 2020, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III personally handed initial payment of wages, amounting to ₱2,500.00 each, to 52 affected workers from Bato, Catanduanes. These workers will receive the remaining amount after the completion of their 16-day clean up drive in their community.

Before this, the DOLE Bicol has already provided the same assistance to 148 worker-beneficiaries from Virac, and 200 beneficiaries from San Miguel, Catanduanes.

"Malaking tulong po itong natanggap ko sa pangangailangan namin, kasi magsasaka ang asawa ko. At ngayon pa, dahil sa bagyo hindi pa nakakapagtrabaho. Kaya nagpapasalamat ako at nakasali ako sa DOLE TUPAD." Maria Bernal, 63, one of the beneficiaries from San Miguel, Catanduanes, expressed.

It was earlier reported that Secretary Bello III has committed to provide emergency employment assistance under the TUPAD to 5,000 beneficiaries for each province in the Bicol Region.

Meanwhile, in Cagayan Valley, the Labor Secretary also promised to provide emergency employment assistance under TUPAD for 10,000 beneficiaries for the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela, two of the hardest hit provinces by Typhoon Ulysses.

“Binigyan po namin ng authority si Governor Mamba na mag-hire ng 5,000 tao para maglinis at mag-ayos sa lalawigan ng Cagayan. Ganoon din ang ibinigay namin kay Governor Albano ng Isabela na makapag-hire ng 5,000 workers para din sa post-disaster clean-up sa kanilang lalawigan," Bello said in a press briefing last 16 November 2020.

END/JV Gasga/PMTSSD

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