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Munti employs displaced workers

Michelle R. Guillang

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Displaced Muntinlupa workers avail of the city's emergency employment program. (Muntinlupa PIO)

The enhanced community quarantine is meant to protect Filipinos from the spread of the deadly coronavirus but one of its most adverse effects is the loss of employment opportunities.

Muntinlupa City found a way to bail out residents from hunger by employing total of 1,191 displaced daily wage earners through the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program.

Drivers of jeepneys, tricycles and pedicabs were included in the emergency employment that will last for at least 10 days.

“We are providing a temporary wage employment for our displaced workers in the city since they are one of the most hardly-hit sectors in the COVID-19 pandemic,” Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi said.

“The first batch were already deployed to aid the barangays in the repacking and distribution of relief goods as well as disinfection activities within the respective barangays.”

A total of P6.396 million are alloted for the program under the Local Disaster Fund, facilitated by the local Public Employment Service Office.

Muntinlupa City will also roll out the DOLE-TUPAD #Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko Disinfecting/Sanitation (#BKBK) Project fund which will add another 184 beneficiaries from the barangays and additional 522 informal beneficiaries through the Labor department funding of Rep. Ruffy Biazon.

Under the TUPAD #BKBK program, workers shall participate in the disinfection of their houses and surrounding areas.

The mayor also appealed to lessors of commercial establishments and residential units to waive rental fees and charges of tenants and partners.

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