The Department of Labor and Employment has allocated Php 10 million for the emergency employment of at least 3,000 workers in the Bicol Region affected by Tropical Depression Usman.
According to DOLE, the initial amount will be used to provide immediate short-term income support under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program for the displaced workers and their families.
“Most of the affected families of Typhoon Usman were farmers and farm workers, and we aim to provide immediate assistance to these affected workers by giving them temporary income-support while still coping up with the devastation brought by the typhoon,” DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello III said.
Beneficiaries of the TUPAD program will be provided with emergency employment in the form of a 10-day community work with a minimum salary of Php 305 per day.
The rapid profiling of displaced workers by DOLE will prioritize areas including Sangay, Camarines Sur and in Tiwi, Albay.
Meanwhile, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration will provide Php 3,000 worth of assistance to the families of active Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), while the families of inactive OFWs will receive Php 1,500.