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11,804 workers in the informal sector get P3,100

Legazpi City, Albay – Close to 12,000 affected workers in Bicol region have received cash assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol under its emergency livelihood program Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged / Displaced Worker #Barangay ko , Bahay Ko (TUPAD #BKBK) Disinfection / Sanitation Project.

TUPAD #BKBK is a community-based package of assistance that provides temporary wage employment for displaced workers, underemployed and self-employed. It is created as an immediate response to help the informal sector workers who have temporarily lost their job or source of income following the imposition of Enhanced Community Quarantine due to COVID-19 pandemic.

As of April 7, 2020, Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales said that the P3,100 financial assistance has been given to at least 11,804 informal sector workers across the region after they have completed their duty to sanitize and disinfect their houses and immediate vicinity.

 “We are glad to announce that we have initially disbursed an amount of P40.7M to our affected beneficiaries in the informal sector. The accelerated release of assistance is made possible with the help of local government units which also function as our accredited co-partner (ACP) for this livelihood program,” he said.

Gonzales explained that under the TUPAD #BKBK project, the LGUs or Barangays are in charge of submitting the requirements which include the list of beneficiaries. Once DOLE Bicol has processed the appropriate documents and accepted the barangay’s application to avail of the program, the beneficiaries can start the clean-up drive in their immediate surroundings and thorough sanitization of their homes for ten (10) days.

“A beneficiary of TUPAD #BKBK will be receiving a financial assistance amounting to P3,100. The computation will be P310 per day X 10 days of disinfection/ sanitization activity in one’s home or surrounding,” he added. As for the payment, it will be made either via remittance center or by coursing it through the LGU or Barangay.

“As the program is intended for affected workers in the informal sector, qualified persons include those who are self-employed and underemployed whose income have been badly affected by the ECQ. Who are they? They are the ambulant vendors, padyak, tricycle and jeepney drivers, fishermen, farmers, barbers, carpenters, construction workers, helpers who do NOT have employers.”

He stressed, however, that employees and elected officials of the government are NOT qualified.

One of the beneficiaries of TUPAD #BKBK expressed gratitude that he was able to receive the salary of P3,100 last April 2, 2020. The said financial assistance was coursed through the provincial government.


“Maraming Salamat po sa natanggap ko na P3,100 mula sa DOLE TUPAD #BKBK project,” said Joel Buendia of Pamplona, Camarines Sur.


Meanwhile, Gonzales noted that DOLE Bicol is gearing up to process a huge volume of documents as more barangays continue to submit their applications for the program. He also said that DOLE Bicol hopes to aid all the displaced workers while the quarantine continues.


“We are ready to provide the necessary support through our programs in the hope that we can help cushion the impact of Enhanced Community Quarantine to thousands of displaced workers,” he added./ISO PR Code:2020_gud_April_7_11,804 workers in the informal sector get P3,100 each under TUPAD #BKBK




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