PGIN, DOLE hire displaced, unemployed Ilokanos thru “TUPAD Program”


Oct. 01, 2021 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN), in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office 1 (DOLE-RO1), has recently hired additional contact tracers composed of displaced workers, laid-off employees, and unemployed Ilokanos throughout the province.

The "Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD)" is a flagship program of the DOLE that provides emergency employment for workers affected by the pandemic.

Through the request of Gov. Matthew Marcos Manotoc, the PGIN was granted by the DOLE with "TUPAD Contact Tracers" as part of the emergency employment program of the Provincial Government to help keep track of COVID-19 cases in the community and facilitate coordination with concerned agencies to avert the further spread of the virus.

A total of 146 Ilokano workers have been hired from selected local government units such as the cities of Laoag and Batac, and the municipalities of Bangui, Pagudpud, Burgos, and Bacarra. They will be deployed in their respective barangays starting next week, October 6.

"Sumailalim din sa orientation ang ating mga qualified workers through our PGIN Contact Tracing Team. We've also partnered with the Department of Interior and Local Government para tulungan ang mga contact tracers sa kanilang deployment and at the same time i-monitor sila sa kanilang safety protocols during the conduct of the tracing activity," PESO Manager Mrs. Anne Marie Lizette B. Atuan stated

Hired contact tracers will work eight (8) hours per day within the 90-day implementation period. Each contact tracer will receive P340.00 per day, along with a GSIS accident insurance provided by DOLE.

"Makukuha nila ang kanilang sweldo kada akinse at katapusan ng buwan sa pamamagitan ng remittance centers. Ang DOLE ang magpo-process sa kanilang pera pero kami sa PESO ang magpo-process sa kanilang mga DTRs at accomplishment reports," Mrs. Anne Marie Atuan explained.

Ilocos Norte's quarantine classification has been de-escalated from Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine to General Community Quarantine starting September 24.