Cash-for-work program to benefit Ompong victims


Dec. 07, 2018 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN), in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is sustaining the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program for victims of Typhoon "Ompong," meant to cushion some of their losses in livelihood.

The TUPAD program provides cash-for-work assistance through emergency employment for displaced, underemployed, or seasonal workers for a minimum of 10 days. Nature of work varies, from socio-economic to agro-forestry community projects.

Qualified beneficiaries are screened by barangay councils and municipal Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) based on indigence, self-employment, and educational status.

According to Lizette Bitancor-Atuan, head of the Provincial PESO, more than 1,600 qualified families in Ilocos Norte are ready to be screened by DOLE." This, Atuan noted, is in line with the challenge posed by Governor Imee Marcos to help Ompong victims not only through relief goods, but by providing them employment as well.

The cash-for-work program has been a standard post-disaster measure for the PGIN. With support from Senior Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc, TUPAD also caters to Out-of-School Youth.

Atuan noted that once fund from DOLE becomes available, the program can be immediately implemented, adding, "I think there will be another batch for Rosita-struck communities as well."

More than P4.4 billion worth of property was devastated by Ompong in September. While "Rosita" was weaker in intensity, the typhoon aggravated the damage in structures and losses in livelihood that are yet to fully recover.