Displaced workers get part-time job as cleaners

Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon (The Freeman) - June 21, 2021 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  More than 2,700 residents of Lapu-Lapu City are set to benefit from a government program that offers part-time work to workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Called the TUPAD or the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers, the program is a community-based package of assistance seeking to provide emergency employment for displaced or disadvantaged workers. It is a partnership between the office of Lapu-Lapu City Rep. Paz Radaza and the Department of Labor and Employment-7.

Radaza was able to secure the funds at the House of Representatives to help Oponganon constituents who are in need of employment, especially those who are affected by the pandemic.

The fund will be used to pay for the salaries of 2,738 residents in different barangays in the city who will be provided a 10-day part-time job. DOLE, for its part, will shoulder administrative costs.

Orientations were already conducted last June 15, 16, and 18 among the beneficiaries from 14 barangays, both in the mainland and islands, for them to be able to immediately start work the following week.

These barangays include Looc, Mactan, Talima, Poblacion, Marigondon, Gun-ob, Subababas, Tungasan, Pajac, Buaya, Canjulao, Pusok, Caubian, Pangan-an.

Under the program, beneficiaries are tasked to help maintain cleanliness in their respective sitios and puroks.

Each beneficiary will receive the minimum wage of P404 per day, or a total of P4,040 for 10 days of work.

Radaza, in a statement, asked the beneficiaries to still help maintain the cleanliness in their barangays even after their 10-day paid work has been finished.

“Kining mga beneficiaries nato, ang ilang trabaho ani mao ang pagtabang paglimpyo sa ilang mga barangay. Ako usab ni sila gihangyo nga bisan pa man humana ang ilang trabaho, motabang gihapon sila sa komunidad sa paglimpyo kay gikinahanglan man kini labi na nga karon pandemic, dapat limpyo gyud ang palibot. Para man gihapon ni sa atong kaugalingon nga malimpyo ang atong mga barangay,” the congresswoman said.

Free trainings

In another program, Mayor Junard Chan is urging his constituents to take advantage of a free training for in-demand jobs in which the tuition is free and allowance given to trainees.

The trainings that offer allowance are those involving contact center services NCII, programming Java NCIII, medical transcription NCII and events management services NCII.

Chan said that this is a program that he asked from Senator Sonny Angara through the City Social Welfare and Development Office which is headed by its head Annabeth Cuizon.

The mayor, in his Facebook post, said that he is looking for 2,175 individuals to avail of the free training. However, he emphasized that the priority sectors for this program are the solo parents and members of the LGBTQ+ who lost their jobs or livelihood this pandemic.  —   JMD (FREEMAN)

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