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DOLE 4A REINFORCES TUPAD FOR OIL SPILL-AFFECTED WORKERS IN ISLA VERDE

For Mr. Reynaldo Garcia, a fisherman residing in the island barangay of San Agapito, Batangas City, the recent oil spill in Oriental Mindoro is more than just a news update but a threat to their day-to-day source of livelihood.


Malaki po ang epekto nito sa mamamayan lalo na sa mga mangingisda…Kaya ang iba po ay iba ay naghanap ng ibang hanapbuhay tulad construction,” Mr. Garcia shared.


Mr. Reynaldo Garcia shared the effects of the oil spill on their livelihood on the island. (Photo by: April Rose Magpantay/DOLE BPO)


Mr. Garcia's story reflects the hundreds of oil spill-affected fisherfolks residing in six island barangays in Isla Verde, Batangas.


To grant relief to the affected workers, like Mr. Garcia, on the island, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 4A, through its Batangas Provincial Office (DOLE BPO), conducted a Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) orientation at the island barangay of San Andres, Batangas City, May 11.


With the utmost joy, Mr. Garcia shared that the program can now aid him and his fellow affected fisherfolks through emergency employment amid the crisis.


Napakalaking tulong nito sa aming pamilya. Lalo na po sa mga walang ikinabubuhay. Nagkakaroon sila ng mapagkukunan ng pambili. Napakalaking tulong nito sa mga mamamayan,” Mr. Garcia remarked.

In her remarks, DOLE BPO Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Focal Person, Ms. Salvacion Kalalo, explained the details of the program and the process of availing TUPAD from signing the contract to the payout.


Ms. Salvacion Kalalo conducted the TUPAD orientation at Isla Verde, Batangas City. (Photo by: April Rose Magpantay/DOLE BPO)


“After po ninyong maglinis, ipo-process po namin ang inyong papel. So, antay antay lang din po, babalik po kami rito sa inyong lugar para po magpasweldo,” Ms. Kalalo uttered.


The beneficiaries need not worry about traveling by boat to the mainland for the payout. Ms. Kalalo shared that DOLE employees will distribute the salaries onsite to all legitimate beneficiaries of TUPAD.


DOLE BPO employees spearheaded the facilitation of the TUPAD orientation to hundreds of oil spill-affected workers in Isla Verde, Batangas City. (Photo by: April Rose Magpantay/DOLE BPO)


DOLE BPO Tupad Coordinators Ms. Mae Ann Dimaano and Ms. Miah Ericka Salvador also facilitated the conduct of TUPAD orientation for three consecutive batches.










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