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Cebu towns benefit from DOLE emergency job program

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Some 78 residents of Asturias and Barili towns in Cebu received some P507,000 in wages under the Department of Labor and Employment’s emergency employment program.

Cebu governor Hilario Davide III and vice governor Agnes Mapale joined DOLE officials in the distribution of salaries last May 8.

The program, dubbed “Tulong Pang-hanapbuhay Para sa Ating mga Displaced Workers (TUPAD),” provides income to informal sectors like farmers, fishermen and construction workers, who lost their livelihoods or jobs due to calamities and retrenchments.

At the turnover rite, Davide commended the recipients for their selfless service to the community.

Magpale assured the beneficiaries of full support and encouraged them to avail also of the livelihood programs of the Provincial Women’s Commission.

Under the TUPAD program, beneficiaries are to do community work, such as river cleanup and tree planting.

They will render service to at least 10 to 30 days where they are paid a daily wage of P333.

Meanwhile, DOLE-7 provincial director Maria Grace Diaz thanked the provincial government for helping her office implement the program.

At the turnover ceremony in Barili, the provincial government also turned over cookware for making siomai and banana chips to a people’s organization of Barangay Nabunturan, a beneficiary of PWC’s livelihood project.

Capitol officials also led the ribbon-cutting rites of Barangay Bolocboloc’s P3.1 million road concreting project and a mini ambulance worth P250,000, funded by the provincial government.

Present during the event were town officials, including Vice Mayor Teresito Mariñas and Councilor Julie Flores.