DAVAO CITY – Some 92 identified photographers from the 54 barangays of the first district here received the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) payout on 25 June.
The TUPAD is a community–based package of assistance that offers emergency service for displaced, underemployed and seasonal workers for a minimum period of 10 days but not more than 30 days, depending on the nature of work.
First Congressional District Representative Paolo Duterte, together with the Department of Labor Employment (DoLE) led the distribution of the payouts, which was sent to the 92 beneficiaries through a money remittance on Friday.
Each beneficiary received P6,000 cash assistance.
The photographers are among the marginalized workers whose living had been challenged due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Though their ability to work is not affected, they are currently having a hard time getting clients for the service.
The Davao City representative said that their office is prioritizing assistance to the marginalized workers and the front-liners as well, in response to the public health emergency brought about by the pandemic. He added that his office will continue supporting those in need.
The lawmaker also said that his staff is continuously going around the areas under his jurisdiction to check whether there are sectors that have yet to receive help from the government, as its programs are intended for disadvantaged members of the community.