Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong

Baguio City’s 1,142 workers left jobless by the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) have started to earn under the  Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Displaced Worker (TUPAD) program of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE)Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DLEEP).

Mayor Benjamin Magalong pointed out that this first batch of beneficiaries was mostly made up of displaced taxi drivers from the 62 barangays in Baguio.

The lists of workers were done by the beneficiaries’ barangay officials and then submitted to the Labor department.

For ten consecutive days starting March 29 to April 11, 2020, the workers will render manual service to barangays in the areas of sanitation and cleanliness, as well as in greening efforts.

For their efforts, each beneficiary receives P350 daily or a total of P3,500, as well as personal protective equipment (PPEs).

DOLE Cordillera has set aside P500,000 for PPEs to be used by the beneficiaries and some P100,000 for the monitoring and administrative expenses. (Jojo Mangahis)