KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Apr. 4 (PIA) -- SOCCSKSARGEN Region's Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE 12) is still accepting proposals for the TUPAD #BKBK project intended for workers in the informal sector whose livelihoods are affected by the community quarantine imposed by the local government units in the fight against coronavirus disease.
Arlene Bisnon, OIC assistant regional director of DOLE 12, announced at the COVID-19 press briefing on Friday that although they have already saturated the initial P10 million fund for the regional implementation of the TUPAD #BKBK, listing of interested individuals and acceptance of proposals from barangays have continued to be submitted to the national office for fund allocation.
TUPAD #BKBK stands for Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers Program #Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko Disinfecting/Sanitation Project.
"Those in the informal sector who would like to avail of the program may go to their barangay chairman to be listed. Tricycle drivers may also opt to be listed through their tricycle owners and drivers associations. The barangays and the TODAs will coordinate with the local public employment services offices for the filing and processing of appropriate documents," Bisnon explained.
TUPAD #BKBK is an emergency employment program for underemployed, self-employed, and displaced marginalized workers who have lost their livelihood or whose earnings were affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
In SOCCSKSARGEN Region, beneficiaries of TUPAD #BKBK project will be required to work for 10 days at daily wage of P326.
"As of April 2, DOLE 12 has already employed 2,013 informal sector workers through TUPAD #BKBK. These amounts to P6.602 million. Next week we can start paying their wages," Bison said.
She explained that under the new setup DOLE can pay the beneficiaries on the fifth and tenth day of work.
In an earlier interview Bisnon explained that the TUPAD #BKBK is not applicable to workers who have availed of the P5,000 cash assistance through the DOLE COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP), individuals who have received aid through the DSWD Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation, and rice farmers who received assistance from the Department of Agriculture.
Barangays with unliquidated TUPAD fund may still apply for TUPAD #BKBK but the emergency employment will be handled by DOLE on direct administration, meaning DOLE 12 will disburse the wages through a money remittance facility. (DED-PIA XII)