DAVAO CITY – Some 1,468 displaced sugarcane workers in the Davao del Sur received a total of PHP8.6 million worth of cash assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment in Region 11 (DOLE-11) on Thursday.
In a statement, DOLE-11 said the cash assistance is under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program, a community-based package of assistance that 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.
Through DOLE-11’s Davao del Sur Field Office, a check worth PHP3.7 million was handed over to the 635 displaced workers of Free Planters Multi-Purpose Cooperative (FPMPC) while the PHP4.9 million worth of check was given to the Davao Mill District Development Council Foundation, Inc. (DMDDCFI) intended for its 833 out-of-work individuals.
Lawyer Randolf Pensoy, OIC-regional director of DOLE-11, said the enlisted beneficiaries were assigned to work on canal dredging, road clearing, and maintenance of sugarcane farmlands within the province.
The said checks were received by the District Tripartite Council members namely Yolanda Emperado, FPMC manager; Constancio Galinator, DMDDCFI chairman; and Ernesto Arendain Jr., DMDDCFI manager. (PNA)