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1,921 displaced Cebu workers get DOLE aid
The aid was recently distributed to the beneficiaries by DOLE secretary Silvestre Bello III, DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome Siaton, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac and other senior officials.

1,921 displaced Cebu workers get DOLE aid

Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon (The Freeman) - June 18, 2021 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — Cebu has received P15.1 million in livelihood assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The aid was intended for the province’s 1,921 Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries were from the municipalities of Medellin, Sta. Fe, Madridejos and Bantayan in northern Cebu.

The aid was recently distributed to the beneficiaries by DOLE secretary Silvestre Bello III, DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome Siaton, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac and other senior officials.

Of the 15,095,000, a total of P11 million went to Medellin’s 37 associations with 977 members. The money will be spent to finance the associations’ various livelihood projects, such as motorcycle spare parts and repairs; hog raising and marketing; chairs, tables and tents rental services; and muscovado production and marketing; among others.

For the TUPAD program, a total of P1.8 million was released to 464 beneficiaries in Madridejos; P400,000 for 100  beneficiaries in Bantayan; and P1.2 million for the 302 beneficiaries in Sta. Fe.

Siaton and 41 pandemic-affected Overseas Filipino Workers in the said municipalities received P510,000 under the OWWA’s programs and services - DOLE-AKAP, Tabang OFW and Project Ease.

DOLE also released P185,000 assistance to some 37 beneficiaries through the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) .

Apart from the financial assistance, DOLE also conducted a Business Management and Financial Literacy Training in Bantayan. At least 37 people from various workers’ associations participated in the training.

For his part, Bello credited DOLE’s relentless implementation of its programs and services amid the pandemic to President Rodrigo Durterte’s support.

He vowed that DOLE will continue delivering its various programs and services.

DOLE has implemented TUPAD all throughout the region giving priority to the workers in the informal sector affected by the pandemic. — KQD (FREEMAN)

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