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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) released PHP8.5 million worth of wages to over 2,200 recipients of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced (TUPAD) program in Misamis Oriental this month, an official said Wednesday.

DOLE-Misamis Oriental chief Jose Errol Natividad said the latest distribution took place in Tagoloan town with PHP1.7-million paid to 434 beneficiaries.

He said the Tagoloan beneficiaries received PHP3,900 each for 10 days’ work on community services such as sweeping public roads, clearing of debris, disinfection and agroforestry projects from Sept. 1 to 14, excluding weekends.

Natividad said the payment of wages is coursed through a money remittance provider to the beneficiaries who were disadvantaged and displaced workers.

Earlier this November, DOLE dispensed TUPAD wages worth PHP2.3 million for 588 beneficiaries of Jasaan town. The same amount was also distributed to 612 recipients in Claveria town.

Another PHP2.2 million was also distributed to 571 beneficiaries of Villanueva town.

More capital
Amifilna Antigua, 48,of Barangay Kimaya, Jasaan said the amount she received additional capital to her neighborhood sundry store and her three children while her husband works as a motorcycle taxi driver.

Antigua said the pandemic was a struggle for her family, as it made daily life harder, adversely affecting her livelihood.

For her to provide for her children’s educational needs, Antigua said she sought assistance from DOLE through TUPAD.

Jerwin Llenares, a person with disability (PWD) from Claveria, also said his income as a street vendor was greatly affected by the pandemic and was not enough to support the increasing financial needs of his family.

"As a PWD, this program is extremely beneficial to my family. This can add capital to my small business," he said. (PNA)