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Marginalized, displaced workers get timely aid



As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to wreak havoc in the country, at least over 700 marginalized and displaced workers in Davao City have seen a ray of hope as they received timely aid.

Through the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE)’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) cash assistance, Davao City First District Representative Paolo Duterte has extended a helping hand to blind masseurs, musicians, former hotel staff, restaurants and bars in the city.

The displaced workers received P6,000 aid from their 15-day work through TUPAD and the lawmaker’s office said that they are among the workers affected by the global crisis brought about by the pandemic.

“Since the quarantine began due to pandemic, musicians have to stop their engagements and search for other sources of income,” said local musician group Samahan ng mga Musikero sa Davao Inc. (Samadhi) officer Fely Encinares.

The government’s TUPAD program aims to mitigate the impact of the national health emergency. The beneficiaries of the program will be assigned to work for 10 to 15 days before they will receive the cash assistance.

According to Duterte, the TUPAD distribution is part of a long-term assistance program as over 23,000 marginalized and displaced workers will also be provided with the same assistance in the coming weeks.

“Around 3,000 beneficiaries will next receive their livelihood assistance and we are targeting to release it this month in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD),” said Duterte.

“We might be able to distribute either cash and/or food, and livelihood assistance focused on the poorest of the poor and workers who are directly affected by the pandemic from the 54 barangays of the first district,” he added.