Cash assistance handed out to displaced workers in the Philippines
The Philippines has handed out cash aid to 702 disadvantaged or displaced workers worth PHP 2.5 million (US$ 49,706) through the Department of Labour and Employment’s (DOLE) TUPAD programme.
So far, the current beneficiaries have completed their 10-day work period starting on November 24, and will each receive PHP3,650 (US$72.57) worth of wages, said DOLE-Cagayan de Oro City Field Office Chief Emmanuel G. Toledo.
Under the TUPAD programme, temporary emergency employment is offered by DOLE to displaced or disadvantaged workers who will receive an average of 10 to 90 days of work compensation based on the prevailing minimum wage rate in the region.
The beneficiaries of the cash assistance include informal sector workers who were impacted by the pandemic, members of the LGBTQ community who lost their jobs due to the closure of salons and beauty parlours, women, youth, indigenous peoples, senior citizens, and flood and fire victims, according to The Philippine News Agency.