MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – Some 3,056 displaced or disadvantaged workers in Pangasinan have benefitted from the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for them from Sept. 1 to 21. 
 
In a phone interview on Wednesday, DOLE Ilocos information officer Justin Paul Marbella said DOLE has released a total of PHP13.5 million for the wages of workers who were tapped for cash-for-work services under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.
 
“The workers labored for sanitation and disinfection services in their home barangays. To protect them in their discharge of duties, the workers were also given personal protective equipment and micro-insurance,” he said.
 
In partnership with the local government units, the program also aims to help in alleviating the threats of the coronavirus disease 2019 in Pangasinan.
 
Sta. Maria town has 257 workers, with each worker earning PHP3,400. 
 
Rosales and Umingan towns have 524 workers and 1,160 workers, respectively, who each got PHP5,100. 
 
DOLE has turned over wages worth PHP5,100 each to 130 TUPAD workers in Malasiqui town and San Carlos City.
 
Some 706 and 279 workers in Malasiqui town and Sta. Barbara, respectively, received PHP3,400.
 
TUPAD workers' salary depends on the number of days they have worked. (PNA)