Focal persons of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), headed by Chief Labor and Employment Officer Geraldine Balico-Labayani of the agency’s NV Field Office, in coordination with the Provincial Federation of Barangay Captains, conducted a TUPAD orientation on October 29 at the Nueva Vizcaya Convention Center, Provincial Capitol, Bayombong.
The TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers is a community-based package of assistance of the DOLE, in partnership with local governments and other program sponsors, which provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed, such as those pertaining to social, economic and agro-forestry projects of the government.
According to Ex Officio Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Victor B. Gines, Jr., President of the Nueva Vizcaya and Region 02 Federations of Barangay Captains, the participating 275 punong barangays of the province were divided into two (2) batches, i.e., north district punong barangays in the morning, and those from the south district in the afternoon. This is in observance of the prevailing health and safety protocols being imposed within the Provincial Capitol.
“This knowledge sharing activity is timely and appropriate as it enlightens further our punong barangays on the mechanics of the program, in view of the many queries that we have been receiving, both from LGU leaders and their constituents.”, BM Gines explained.
“Indeed, if the grassroots leaders themselves are well-informed of the mechanics and their respective roles, implementation of any government program or project, would be smoother.”, he added.